Gardening Hacks – 10 Simple Tips for a Successful Vegetable Garden


[Music] There are always new things to try in the
garden in the quest for for more harvest with less effort and anything which saves a little time,
increases your chances of success or saves money is worth considering. Here are our top ten gardening hacks: Turn a long-handled tool
into a measuring stick. Lay the tool on the ground and place a tape measure next to it. Using a permanent marker, write measurement
marks onto the handle. When you need to space plants a certain
distance apart, you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand. Rejuvenate old plastic labels by rubbing with sandpaper. Permanent marker will be rubbed away quite easily and you’ll get several years of use out
of them. Or, make your own labels. Used, clean yogurt pots can be cut into strips to make several labels from one pot. Old broken roof tiles make attractive
markers by labeling with white paint or, for a more natural look, smooth flat
stones of various sizes can be written on with paint or a permanent marker and can be placed unobtrusively at the
base of your plants and reused each year. If you’re all out of cloches and there’s an unexpected frost forecast use a terracotta pot instead. Turn it upside down and pop it over your precious seedlings. It’ll act as a warm jacket against a
light frost. Don’t forget to remove it in the morning
so your plant can get the light it needs to grow. If you garden organically, the chances
are that, come aphid season, you’ll have them infest your plants. Many gardeners tackle this by squishing
them with their fingers – it’s a messy job! You could try blasting
them off with jets of water but this is time-consuming and uses lots
of water. Instead, try using sticky tape. Wrap a wide strip of tape around your
hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of the plants
infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves
because that’s where they like to hide. If you live in a hot area or have a particularly sunny spot in your garden you might find that thirsty plants like cucumbers and tomatoes dry out quickly without irrigation, reducing the crop or quality. Make water reservoirs out of plastic water bottles to keep your plants healthy. Drill a few small holes into the cap to
allow water to percolate out. Cut the bottom off the bottle. Sink the upturned bottle into the pot or ground before planting, leaving about an inch poking above the
surface of the soil. Keep the bottle filled and the plant roots will absorb the water as it’s required. Reduce your water bill by
reusing water from your kitchen. Save the water from boiled veggies and
once it’s cooled, use it to water your garden or your pots. If you use a plant-based dishwashing
detergent, this water too can be used on your garden. Don’t use it if you’ve washed pots with lots of dairy or meat as you don’t want these products in your soil. Some seeds like peas and sweet peas have
a hard coating. Once planted out, it takes a while for
this coating to break down and for germination to begin. Get a head start by soaking the seed you’ll use
in lukewarm water overnight then plant out as usual. Some vegetables, like beans and peas, don’t like to have their roots disturbed so conventional wisdom is to plant them in situ, and not to plant out. This has some problems, as seeds can rot
in cool soil and damaged plants will result in gaps. Bypass this by making your own pea and bean planters from cardboard tubes. Take a tube and make three cuts about a
third of the way along the tube to make flaps. Push the flaps into the center and press
to keep in place. Fill with potting soil and sow seeds as
usual. Store the tubes in a tray to prevent
the flaps from failing. When ready for planting out, plant the seedling and tube as one. The cardboard will rot and the roots of your seedlings will find their way out. If you have a small garden, go vertical. There are many varieties of vegetables
which will climb or trail. You can also make vertical planters for
walls or fences. Start with guttering and cut to length. Drill small holes along the length to allow water to drain out. Install the recommended brackets and
clip the guttering in place. Add a moisture-retentive growing medium,
and with strawberries or salads – plants which don’t mind the shallow soil. Keep it watered or install drip irrigation. Use garden planning software to help plan what you’re going to grow and where. Good planning reduces the risk of losing
plants by sowing at the wrong time, spacing them incorrectly, or forgetting
to rotate crops to reduce the likelihood of soil-borne pests and diseases from one year to the next. It would also help you to plan
succession planting so you can quickly see where gaps will appear and have plants ready to fill those gaps,
making sure you get as much food as possible from your space. What’s your top gardening hack? Share it with us by leaving a comment in the box below and subscribe to our channel for more
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  1. David Konz

    these are great ideas but I'm hesitant to plant outside because the neighborhood I live in has a problem with chickens Ya chickens is there a way to deter them

  2. Wendy H.

    A hack I use for saving water is catching leaks from looser hose with a container. In the shower while waiting for the water to warm up, I have a large pitcher to catch the water for the plants.

  3. ben scott

    Fill large containers with water overnight to allow chlorine to air off and heat the water for happier plants.

    Grow basil thickly in tight packed compost in a flat 1 inch tray then prick out

    Oh and take fuschia and pelargonium cuttings when trimming back at the end of summer and shove in a greenhouse new plants with very little work

  4. Perry Eyler

    Before putting sticky tape on your hands to take pests off leaves, put on a cheap plastic glove. Then when you wrap the sticky tape around the glove on your hand, it is very easy to remove.

  5. Patricia Hilliard

    I love the apartment gardening and indoor gardening ideas!!! I can't get the farmer/gardener out of me even while living in an apartment.

  6. Bill G

    If doing strawberries in gutters, do you bring the gutters into a garage during winter or cover them up in place? How much sun do they like / which side is best facing? Thinking of trying this out!

  7. KathrynJ. Briley

    as you can tell by my obvious questions, I'm a newbie and am currently getting some composting ready for planting lettuce and other autumn planting.
    I'm wondering about:
    1. besides lettuce, what is good planting @ this time of year?
    2. changing or rotating differing garden plants.
    3. when is a good time to do this? (before/after harvesting or seasonally)
    4. is there a way that they can grow/transfer in a certain pattern, to be more healthy or grow with vitality?

  8. Reece Williams

    hi! I'm starting to grow some veg in spring after finding I like gardening after shoving a potato that missed the compost into the ground and having a load of potatoes grow. How do you know when the last spring frost date is and what can you grow in spring? thanks! 😉

  9. David Leamon

    Awesome common-sense advice! Thank you so much.  These are the kind of ideas that come from trial and error and as a beginner I appreciate this so much. Thanks again.

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  11. ryan john

    If you are having trouble with soil drainage sprinkle orbeez throughout the soil they will soak up water and slowly disperse it giving a nice moistness to your soil

  12. Phil Shields 101

    Hahaha – you "don't want water that has been used with dairy or meat in your soil" – really?!? I've yet to see plants that don't like growing in soil that has had dairy or meat decompose in it – that's what detritivores do – it's what makes rain-forests as lush and green as they are – decomposing animal matter of all sorts help feed the soil microbes and plants. 🙂 #correctlearningforlife

  13. carol colby

    You can cut up slats from old mini blinds to use as plant markers.  You can also "ball up" newspapers to put in the first quarter or third of a large pot  before you finish filling with potting soil. This saves soil and makes the pot lighter so easier to move.

  14. Naomi Dunbar

    David the Good (he's on You Tube) would pish posh the concept of not using dishwater that had washed dairy or meat stuff. He posits that why would you not? After all, you use bonemeal or calcium to augment soils. IT would just save $$.

    In a small garden, wide row planting is beneficial. I used The Joy of Gardening (it's really heavy handed on the Toro placements) which promotes using wide rows for plentiful harvests, reduced weeding and reduced watering. I've used it and wow! I got a lot of veg. He's really into complementary planting, composting, etc.

    This is all making me wish I lived in a place where I could even container plant.

  15. Tom Olorin

    1) Paint the masonry in and around your greenhouse black; it absorbs sunlight and releases the heat overnight keeping your greenhouse warmer.

    2) Sow clover in between vegetable rows and as a cover crop when you're not growing anything on a space. Clover fixes Nitrogen into the soil. Alder trees (Alnus glutinosa) also fix Nitrogen, so one or two planted around the garden will increase the fertility of a huge area of soil.

    3) Use pencil to label things, it can be left to the elements for decades without fading, rubbing or washing off.

    4) On average for every 1 slug you see, there will be 8 more underground.

    5) Bury logs in the subsoil or at the bottom of deep planters for a slow-rotting, abundant nutrient source that will last decades.

    6) Get ahead of global warming by planting cultivars of fruit trees from a few hundred miles south. For example if you live in Northern England, plant tree cultivars from Northern France. In 30 years they will be in their ideal climate.

    7) Soil is the most important part of your garden. Invest space in a good compost heap and "borrow" green waste from foolish neighbors who are happily throwing their soil nutrients away! Put everything plant-based in the compost and pee on it sometimes to catalyze the process.

    8) A fairly large compost heap can reach temperatures of 70°C inside. Run water pipes through to heat your greenhouse or even your house.

    9) Plastic pots can last forever and keep soil moist. Clay pots crack within 10 years due to frost weathering, and are porous so the soil in them dries out faster.

    10) Seaweed is an incredibly nutritious "green manure" that is freely abundant around the UK. Compost it then dig it into the soil to import tonnes of nutrients to your garden, you'll see an explosion of growth.

  16. Dennis Delaney

    Chicken egg shells are a great soil enhancer. crush them and place directly on the soil to also help reduce the insects from taking over the garden.

  17. Truthbetold

    Yours are the best videos I've come across on how to grow from seeds. Please share more of your tips and your garden. Amazing information THANK YOU!!!

  18. Idéfixette

    You can use old plastic bottles as a container to grow your seeds in before replanting (by cutting the bottle from top to bottom). Or, for bigger bottles (2 to 5 litres), you can cut them horizontally (bottle standing) and use both halves as mini greenhouses for your early plantations or slow-growing seeds 🙂

    Surround the foot of your plants with ashes to prevent slugs from coming to eat them.

  19. Breeze Ever Flowing

    Plant some orgonite in with your plants for huge explosions in growth and crop yield. Magnetised water has also been shown to improve growth and yield.

  20. Stuart Crossland

    You cant beat growing your own veg. I also like truthful news,so i watch UK Column news and compare it to the trash the BBC tells me.Find it on youtube.

  21. Laura Sass

    I'm really good at gardening I planted tomatoes 🍅 once and now I'm planting beans the beans started in a bag with a wet paper towel and it was hung up on the window but then once it grew a little I transferred it to a pot

  22. fire7side

    Getting rid of perrenial plants that are prone to blossom end rot will help the rest of the garden from not getting it. Usually they don't bare well anyway.

  23. The Green Ambassador

    Your information is really very beneficial. Thanks so much for providing important information. I also provide information related to gardening.

  24. ADI LIVE

    Using empty egg shell for sprouting beans and peas are great too…one can simply transfer as such and the calcium in the egg shell adds to the nutritIve value of the soil.

  25. Sandia Martin

    Good tips. I've also heard fragrant soap hanging in nylons keep deer away and lightly crumbled egg shells keeps slugs away. Thanks.

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  27. Steepleview Farm

    Have you ever tried beneficial nematodes to organically control garden pests? I tried today and made a how to video. What kind of success have you had with this? https://youtu.beNJy1XJD9j_A

  28. tackless

    I have a tip to share with everyone. Years ago I had a boat on the Eastern shore of Maryland and there I met the oldest working Waterman on the bay. At the time mr. Johnny was 93 years old. He had a very large garden right near Remington Farms who specialized in food plots to raise deer for the hunter customers. Of course in this area are rabbits and everything else. I asked mr. Johnny don't you have problems with the animals and he said no look at that pole in the center of my garden. On that pole he had a radio tuned to a talk show on a timer covered with a 5 gallon bucket . Mr. Johnny explain to me if you just play music The Critters will get used to that but they will never come near two people talkin in the middle of a field. I live in the wild Open Country and I have been using mr. Johnny's trick for many years now and believe me it works. And I mean perfectly. Good luck. T

  29. LoraLee DaisyG

    Take the label off a plastic soda bottle, cut the bottom 1/3 of it off and put it over the seeds. This acts as a mini green house and helps keep them moist.

  30. Monica Newkirk

    You can use the absorbing material from a clean diaper in your soul to keep it hydrated. They hold a lot of water which will be released when the soil is too dry and absorb extra water when it rains.

  31. Pat Pathinayake

    Thank you so much. Absolutely delighted to listen and absorb data. Please, may I know what to plant in September, October & November in the UK? Thank you.

  32. Gillenz Fluff

    1 liter of water a tablespoon of vegetable oil and a few drips of washing up liquid blended with a soup wand or blender and use in a spray bottle for aphids spidermite caterpillars it will kill all insects so don't spray beneficial insects, some plants are sensitive to it so it's best to wash it off with water after a few minutes.

  33. Mary Watkins

    2:16 The water reservoirs work well. I have also used this method to add compost tea and fish emulsion to my tomato plants.

  34. Rhoman Mason

    Grow potatoes and carrots in hanging buckets to keep carrot fly and slugs n snails away from your growing veg 👍🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

  35. Haze1434

    My 2 cents / tip: Instead of planting spring onions and garlic in one area, I tend to spread them out in amongst other plants, or place single-rows between other plants. Supposedly, the chemicals given off my the onion/garlic family are a deterrent to aphids and other pests.

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