14 Garden Hacks for Thrifty Gardeners

Gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or costly with these solutions utilizing things that you already have around the house, or using things you have in a different way. By doing so you can save some money, time and in a lot of cases, reuse / recycle things that would commonly just be thrown away.

14 Garden Hacks for Thrifty Gardeners

Here are some fun and clever garden hacks to help make your garden more successful.

1. Use K-Cups as Seed Starters

Use K-Cups as Seed Starters

Via Simmworks Family


2. Turn an Old Bird Bath Into a Succulent or Fairy Garden

Turn an Old Bird Bath Into a Succulent or Fairy Garden

Via A Cultivated Nest


3. Keyword Keys Can Be Turned into Fun Plant Markers

Keyword Keys Can Be Turned into Fun Plant Markers

Via Instructables


4. Use Milk Jugs to Water Your Garden

Use Milk Jugs to Water Your Garden

Simply clean them and poke holes in the lid.

Via A Journey to a Dream


5. Use Eggs Cartons to Start Your Seedlings

Use Eggs Cartons to Start Your Seedlings

Via Thrifty Jinxy


6. Reuse Wine Bottles To Be a Gradual Water Supply for the Plants

Reuse Wine Bottles To Be a Gradual Water Supply for the Plants

Via The Greenists


7. Make an Automatic Water Supply

Automatic Water Supply

Keep your indoor plants watered with some paper towels and a glass of water.
Via Life Hacker


8. Make Your Own Seed Bombs Using Muffin Tins and Newspaper

Make Your Own Seed Bombs Using Muffin Tins and Newspaper

More details: Mademoiselle Chaos


9. Use Coffee Filters to Keep Soil from Leaking Out of Pots

Use Coffee Filters to Keep Soil from Leaking Out of Pots

Via Popsugar


10. Make a Vertical Herb Garden Using a Shoe Rack

Make a Vertical Herb Garden Using a Shoe Rack

Via Instructables


11. Place Plastic Forks in the Soil to Prevent Animals from Getting into Your Garden

Place Plastic Forks in the Soil to Prevent Animals from Getting into Your Garden

Clever huh?


12. Create a Greenhouse Using the Top of a Milk Jug to Protect Your Seedlings

Create a Greenhouse Using the Top of a Milk Jug to Protect Your Seedlings


13. Make Biodegradable Planters from Toilet Paper Rolls

Via Dunster House


14. Build Your Own Rain Barrel to Water the Garden

Rain Barrel to Water the Garden

Get the instructions here

Which one of these hacks was the biggest surprise for you? Or you may even know some more interesting tricks? Share them with us in the comments below!


23 thoughts on “14 Garden Hacks for Thrifty Gardeners

  1. Small solo bathroom cups are a great seed starter, too. I started apple trees in my kitchen window and the cups disintegrated before the trees were 4 inches tall!

    1. If you use the plastic forks make sur you tell all family members why. I used plastic knife and spoons to mark where tulips where planted. My daughter and grandkids had most pulled out by the time i realized it. She thought they were left over from a picnic. HA HA Dont know about rabbit prevention! BECKY

  2. Wow, all are great tips and I will try most of them. Love the milk jug watering can, all the ideas for starting seeds, and the shoe organizer for herbs is fabulous! Every single one is a winner. Many thanks and happy gardening to all

  3. Never thought to use a milk carton to do the watering, its a great idea when you cant be bothered to untangel that old hose every time you want to water just a few plants. Thank you for the tip.

    1. make sure you drill round holes, lol, I used a sharp knife and had water squirting everywhere !

    2. or carry the big ol’ watering can. I can’t stand trying to balance that to not spill the water all over as I walk

  4. 14 Garden Hacks for Thrifty Gardeners is really an awesome article.I have got many information from here.Thanks for giving awesome tips.

  5. The most surprising hack is the forks in the ground. I wonder, does it really work against squirrels, rabbits, skunks, ground hogs, etc.

  6. The coffee filter idea is great.
    It’s exactly the type of idea that makes me think,
    “Of course! Duh! It’s so simple! It’s also pretty intuitive…so, that said, to be honest…I’m a little disappointed in myself for not thinking of that by now!”

  7. These ideas are fabulous! I love the coffee filter idea and the shoe rack garden idea the best! But I will use all of them to make gardening easier and save the earth at the same time!

  8. Loved many of these ideas…the most surprising was the forks…I have lots of critters in my yard, so I will try it!

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