Lerato Maimela
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
11 Oct 2021
4:34 pm

Daily hacks: Three gardening tricks to growing healthy plants

Lerato Maimela

In our 'Daily hacks' series, we bring you the latest beauty tips, trends and tricks to transform your life and save you money.

A man planting some plants and trees in the garden. Picture: iStock

Spring is the perfect time to focus on gardening and growing healthy plants in your backyard.

The warmer season allows your plants to sprout and grow at a much faster rate, and planting flowers and trees allows you to decorate your garden the natural way, at a much lower cost.

Gardening has proven to have quite a few health benefits, such as:

  • Exercising your body
  • Relieving stress
  • Getting some vitamin D
  • Reducing the risk of dementia
  • Growing your relationship with your loved ones

These three gardening tips and hacks will assist in making your gardening process a little simpler, while producing the healthiest plants in your backyard.

Orange peels as a pesticide

The Basil and Booze TikTok page has shared a trick on how to keep bugs away from your plants and garden.

In the video, the user is seen holding a hand full of pieces of orange peels. They then scatter the orange peels all around the plants in their garden.

The user says the orange peels kill aphides and gets rid of small bugs and insects which tend to eat your growing plants.

@basilandbooze Did you know this? #fypシ #garden #gardentips #gardenproject #gardening101 #gardeninghacks #gardensoftiktok ♬ Young Folks (Whistling) – Peter Bjorn and John

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Plastic force defense

The How Does She Do It TikTok page has also shared a hack on how to get intruders away from your growing plants.

In the video, the user has placed plastic forks around each of the seedlings in her garden.

Although it does look quite ridiculous, these forks act as a fence for the growing plants and keeps rodents, pets and birds away from ruining your growing garden.

@howdoesshe Weird hack, but I swear it works! #lifehacks #gardening #healthylifestyle #veggies #planting ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod

Greenhouse effect using water bottles

This last hack is shared by Armen Adamjan and can be used for people who have an interest in planting flowers, or fruits and vegetables indoors.

In the video, Armen takes a few empty bottles and cuts off the bottom part of each plastic bottle.

He then places each plastic water bottle directly over each plant which are planted and growing in one wide pot plant.

Armen explains that this method creates a greenhouse for each plant when humidity starts to fill up in each bottle, helping the seedlings grow.

He the adds that if you need to give the plants some fresh air, then you can simply take the lid of the water bottles off for some time.

@creative_explained It’s Spring.. Have you Started Your Garden yet? ???????? #garden #trick #tips #plantlover #learnontiktok #alwayslearning #lifehack #gardening101 #plants ♬ original sound – Armen Adamjan