Weird and Unique Gardening Tips

Some people may think the best gardens come from following the book, but sometimes unique gardening ideas outside the box turn out to be the best. There are many weird, tried-and-true gardening tips that work.

Here are a few unique, yet effective, gardening secrets and garden tips that might surprise you:

  • Use rusty nails for iron. If your plant needs plenty of iron, keep a covered coffee can of rusty nails soaking in water. Just dump the rusty water on your plant as fertilizer when needed. Then fill the can back up with water for next time.
  • Help the bees drink. Meems from Hoe and Shovel says to place small rocks in your birdbath for bees to land and drink. They need water, too.
  • Till in the moonlight. Gardening by the light of the moon is cool and breezy, but that's not why this tip works. Tilling by the light of the moon discourages weed growth because seeds can't germinate without the sunlight.
  • Don't toss your eggshells. Jennah from Jennah's Garden says to crush eggshells and sprinkle them around tomato plants. This provides extra calcium to the plant.
  • Keep plants warm with water. You can extend your gardening season by keeping garden plants warm. Simply keep buckets of water in the garden during the day so the sun can heat them. At night, the heat releases gradually from the buckets to warm the garden. Bonus? Use the water for morning watering.
  • Let compost happen on its own. Douglas from A Gardener's Notebook says there is no need to give special attention to compost. Just pile it up, let it rot and reap the garden gold.
  • Reuse mini blinds. Gina from My Skinny Garden says an easy way to make inexpensive plant labels is by reusing old mini blinds. Simply cut the slats into short pieces and use them to mark your plants.
  • Plant by phases of the moon. The first agricultural communities knew that if they planted at certain times, the crops would be of a better quality. What these ancient cultures understood is that not only does the moon's gravity affect the ocean's tides, it also affects groundwater. As the moon approaches its full status, the groundwater rises as well, making water more easily available to new plants.