Jaipi Sixbear is an established author of hundreds of helpful online articles. Jaipi learned to garden at an early age. She has old and new tips and tricks for growing your best garden ever.
Sometimes the old time ways are the best. There are a lot of tried and true weird and wacky gardening tips that work. You may be surprised at some of these but I’m not kidding in the least. Here are five crazy, yet effective gardening secrets that may surprise you.
1. Rusty nails for iron. If your plant is an iron lover, keep a covered coffee can of rusty nails soaking in water. How does this work? Just dump the rusty water on your plant as fertilizer when needed. Then fill the can back up with water for next time.
2. Till in the moonlight. Gardening by the light of the moon is cool and breezy. That’s not the reason this wacky gardening tip works, though. Tilling by the light of the moon discourages weed growth. Seeds can’t germinate without the light of the sun. Make moonlight time your traditional tilling time.
3. Pipe planter for mint. We all know mint spreads like crazy. This weird and wacky gardening tip works to keep any rapid growth plant under wraps. Just plant mint and other prolific plants in a long pipe that has been buried vertically. Roots must go a long way down to spread.
4. Keep plants warm with water. Keep garden plants warm to extend your gardening season. 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. Double duty? Use the water for morning watering.
5. Powdered milk for juicy tomatoes. This really is a weird and wacky gardening tip. I haven’t tried it but a friend swears by this tip. It seems that adding powdered milk to the soil produces the sweetest, juiciest tomatoes ever. Why? It’s the calcium in the milk.