These are some gardening tools and supplies worth checking out. This list is all about making gardening more fun, easy and successful.
Biodegradable Seedling Pots
You can start your plants in these biodegradable seedling pots. Hard rains and animals can dislodge seeds planted outside before they have a chance to grow.
These seedling pots keep your plants protected until they’re ready to be outside. Then you plant the whole pot in the ground and the pot biodegrades and the plant takes root in the soil.
This is also a good way to get a jump on planting. Set up the seedling pots in your garage or somewhere warm a couple of weeks before spring is about to start. Then when it’s warm enough, plant the pots and your seedlings will already be growing strong.
Unscented Epsom salts can be good for certain types of plants in certain types of soil. They increase the magnesium content. If your plants need more magnesium, a very affordable way to get it for them is to sprinkle epsom salts on the ground and then water it to melt the salts into the soil.
You can buy epsom salts at most any gardening center, but the bags are heavy. Save it for a day when you’re picking up a lot of other heavy bags of mulch or soil, or even better – order it online and have it delivered.
Potassium nitrate can be an ingredient in homemade plant food. It helps roses bloom big and ripens tomatoes that are slow to turn red.
If you want to spray anything from homemade plant food to liquid fertilizer on your plants or yard grass, you need a garden sprayer. You have a couple of options here:
- Vivosun 5o ounce handheld sprayer. This is a self-container unit. Mix up the liquid you want to use in it, put it in the container, and start spraying. It’s also good for spraying cleaners onto cars.
- Hose end sprayer. A hose end sprayer attached to your hose. You put everything into the container except for the water, and the hose adds the water as you spray. This may be easier in some ways, but it also means carrying the hose around the yard with you.
A rain barrel can be a cheap, easy way to collect rain water you can then use to water plants. This can save a lot of water, and is most helpful in regions with water restrictions.
Protecting your garden
These ultrasonic gopher repellent stakes have worked well in my garden to keep out both little rodents and cats. They’re solar powered and send out the ultrasonics when they detect motion.
They’re another humane option for keeping animals away without causing them any harm.
Got some wildlife digging through your garden? Motion activated sprinklers are one humane way to chase them off and discourage them from coming back.
These devices spray water when they detect movement. This makes rodents, dogs and neighborhood cats want to stay away.
Orange oil is a natural deterrent to cats. They don’t like the scent. Spraying it around flowers or vegetables won’t hurt the plant, but will repel the cats.
Reapply it every few weeks, and possibly more often during heavy rains.
Indoor and Sheltered Gardening
If you grow plants indoors or in a shed, you might need a “grow light”, and you can shop for affordably priced grow lights on Amazon.
A plant mister is the best way to water your indoor plants. Squirting or pouring water onto them can disturb the soil, causing the roots to become exposed. A mister sends a fine mist over your plant, and the moisture settles onto it like dew.