With the arrival of spring, I will soon be putting some of my favorite organic gardening solutions to work outside. After the long and dreary winter, I am ready for spring to finally arrive. Okay, Atlanta got a whopping total of about 1 inch of snow this winter but hey, it totally freaked out the southerners! The temps are on the rise and the ground is almost ready for planting. I hope you will join me on my edible gardening adventure this year with these frugal gardening tips!
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Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions
In preparation for our organic gardening projects this summer, my husband turned the compost into the soil of one of the garden beds a couple weeks ago. After spring break, I will start planting a few cool weather crops so I thought I would share a few of my cheap organic gardening solutions with you.
No reason to spend a lot of money or spray a lot of chemicals if you don’t need to, right? And if you know what you are doing, organic gardening can be frugal gardening, too. Add these natural pest control products to your arsenal of essential gardening supplies this spring!
How To Use Eggshells in the Garden
Eggshells can be used a lot of ways if you are attempting organic gardening. You can use half an eggshell filled with potting soil to start your seeds in. You can crush them and turn them into the soil as a calcium supplement.
Scatter those crushed eggshells around the base of your plants and you have a great slug deterrent. After you are done emptying out the eggshells, just rinse them under warm water and let dry. Store in a plastic bag until you have enough to use.
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How to use coffee grounds for compost
Since I am an avid coffee drinker, I am happy that I can use the leftover grounds as one of my organic gardening solutions. You can mix your coffee grounds into your compost bin or just turn them right into the soil. If you add a layer directly to the soil at the base of the plants you will help deter slugs which are a huge issue for me during the wet spring.
You can also make coffee ground “tea.” Just add two cups of used coffee grounds to a five-gallon bucket of water. Let the “tea” steep overnight. You can use this mixture as a liquid fertilizer for garden and container plants. Since I need to make sure to have organic gardening solutions on hand at all times, I will just have to make sure to drink more coffee. Really not a problem here!
Ways to Use Salt in the Garden
You may be wondering how salt can be beneficial to organic gardening but remember that slug problem I mentioned above? Well, slugs die when you sprinkle salt on them.
Many a night I can be found wandering in the garden after a light rain sprinkling salt on slugs that are eating my rhubarb. My husband swears he hears evil laughter from me as they die but I think he is exaggerating just a tad bit! Salt is also good to keep snails out of the garden.
Gardeners apply Epsom salts to garden beds containing tomatoes, peppers, and roses, to help them produce more flowers, greener plants, and higher yields. If you have soil that is deficient in magnesium, organic gardening solutions like Epsom salts are a huge help. If you want to get your soil tested to see it’s nutrient profile, check out your local cooperative extension offices.
Wildlife is Key for Frugal Gardening
Ok, I am not suggesting you go buy a bunch of toads or try to capture the birds and force them into slavery here. You need to create a yard where wild creatures want to live and they will, in turn, help you with your organic gardening efforts. If you are striving for frugal gardening, let nature do the work for you!
Attract Birds To Your Yard
Birds will help you get rid of garden pests. Put out bird feeders and nesting boxes as well as a source of water for the birds. Make sure you place it near a tree or large bush where they can safely hang out. Birds are always more hesitant to feed in open areas with no cover.
Toad Friendly Habitats
To create a toad-friendly yard, just place a few medium-sized stones in a shaded area to create a tiny ‘cave’ for the to live in. Think ‘golf ball’ sized cave…toads like cozy spaces! Making sure there is water nearby and a bit of soil to get comfortable in is also a plus.
You can buy a toad house if you want a quick and easy home for toads. Check out my post about how to attract toads to your yard. Birds and amphibians will help keep garden pests like slugs (again with the slugs!), beetles, caterpillars, etc out of your garden. Plus, toads are fun for kids to play with!
How to Kill Slugs and Snails
Don’t tell my husband but I occasionally steal his beer to use in my garden! You, beer connoisseurs, may cringe but it comes in very handy when you need organic gardening solutions! If you are a frugal gardening fanatic, make sure you only use cheap beer!
Dig a shallow hole in your garden soil. Place a small, shallow dish in the hole so that the top edge is level with the ground. Fill the container with beer that has a few drops of dish liquid added to it. At night, your slugs, earwigs, and snails will head for a refreshing drink and there they will be stuck forever. <insert evil laughter here!>
Organic gardening is a fun hobby that has the wonderful benefit of being healthy and good for the planet. Using natural products to repel pests, feed our soil, and care for local wildlife is a great way to go green this spring! Do you have any organic gardening solutions that work for you?
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.