Chic 'N Savvy

Gardening Tips And Tricks to Save Time and Money!

Gardening We are going to have a high of 38 degree’s today, but tomorrow it will be in the high 60’s, which is so exciting. I was outside with Ruger the other day and noticed buds on the tree starting to develop! I can’t wait for Spring to arrive. I have some great idea’s for new flowers I want to plant, and work on a vegetable garden!

Garden Buildings would be a great help, I hope to one day buy one, and maybe a small greenhouse to start plants earlier than I do now. Sometimes I buy plants just because I don’t have the space to start things from seeds.

I thought if anyone else is getting excited about starting your garden I would share some fun gardening tips and tricks to help you this season! They can save money and time, which are two things I appreciate!

Plant Seed Sprouts Remove Salt Deposits from Clay Pots: This happens to me all the time. We have pretty hard water, so I find this tip very handy! To remove salt deposits that form on clay pots over time, you combine equal parts of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle. Spritz the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. I try and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before I start scrubbing. Depending on how much deposit you have, you might have to do this a few times to get it all off.

Flat Stones for Plant Markers: Here is a really fun and affordable idea! You can find some flat rocks and spray paint (Or skip painting) them and then write on them with a permanent marker,  and put near the plant so you know what it is. Say you are doing cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, and so on. When they are little plants it is easy to mix up which are bell peppers and which are jalapeno’s.

Egg Shells for Calcium: Here is a great way to give nutrients to your soil and plants without buying fertilizer or a plant food. Take old egg shells and blend them up and sprinkle into the soil, and then stir it up. Then you can plant flowers or veggies later, and it can help give it calcium and plants will grow better. Grinding up the egg shells helps it easier to digest in the soil! If you don’t want to use your blender mix with a spatula or something and just break up shells till pretty small.

Wet Newspaper for Weed Barrier: This is a tip I have used and it does work. Weed barriers can be a little pricey! Simple scoop out some dirt and set aside. Then take newspaper and get it a little wet and lay on top of your garden dirt. Make holes for where your plants are or will be. Then take the extra dirt you set aside and put over the top of the dirt. It will help keep the weeds from breaking through the dirt!

Those are just a few of my tips that are really beneficial for you and your plants, whether they are flowers or produce! I hope you enjoy these tips!

What time saving or savvy gardening tip do you do for your garden? 


Reader Interactions


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I have the worlds biggest black thumb ever, so I try to steer clear of anything in the plant world. Thank god for the farmer’s market.

  2. Daisy says

    I never remove the salt deposits from planters. I don’t know why…. but definitely going to do this now that I think about it.

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