Are you new to gardening? Even if you aren’t, you should check out the Youtube channel, Justin Rhodes. He’s an experienced homesteader who is an absolute expert on growing food and raising chickens.
In this video, he shares 12 gardening hacks that are easy and very effective. Here’s a condensed version of the video:
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1. Human urine – It’s a fertilizer, but it’s so salty it needs to be diluted 10 to 20 to 1. Pour it on your plants along rows, but don’t pour it on anything you’ll be eating soon.
2. Start right – If you want something fast, sprout spinach and kale and in four weeks they’ll be big enough to harvesting.
3. Put a fine mister nozzle on your garden hose, especially for watering newly planted seeds in starter trays. The mister will gently water your seedlings without battering them down.
4. Buy a soil blocker – It’s like a mold that you press down into your potting soil, and it shapes small cubes that are ideal for starting seeds and the cubes hold their shape. No need for plastic pots and trays.
5. Seeds on top of the soil – You don’t have to push your seeds down into the soil. Leave them on top of your soil blocks exposed to air in your greenhouse. This gives them an air start.
6. Try to use cedar as much as possible to both build your greenhouse and your starter trays. It costs a little more but lasts longer.
7. Solar-powered, automated vents in the greenhouse – You hook up the solar to a thermostat that reads the greenhouse temperature and automatically opens and closes the vents to maintain a constant temperature.
8. Chicken tractor – Put your chickens to work. Build a portable chicken coop over an area where you plan to plant your garden. The chickens will scratch up the ground and their droppings will add a burst of fertilizer to the soil.
9. Broad forking – A broad fork is a large, 4-pronged pitchfork that you stomp into the soil in your garden to aerate the soil. This also helps water and nutrients to seep into the soil.
10. Use black garden paper – Want to keep weeds from growing in an area where you plan to have your garden? Roll out a sheet of black garden paper or silage over the area. The black paper will absorb the heat of the sun and cook anything underneath, including the weeds.
11. Grass clippings – Grass clippings do a great job of holding moisture and providing nutrients as they decompose. Grab a mound of grass, make an impression, and put the pile over and around everything you plant.
12. Garden Cover – Some plants like cabbages are very susceptible to insect damage. A supported garden cover made from a woven material keeps the bugs out and lets the rainwater in.
For a more detailed explanation of these tips, watch the video below.