Being a farmer in an urban center or bustling city can be quite hectic. There are days when you can’t even find time to tend to your crops. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of simple ideas that you can follow to make farming a little easier.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
This useful home ingredient can help your seedlings sprout and protect them from fungal diseases. Once they grow into plants, you can add another dose to prevent their roots from rotting. A good ratio is to mix 32 parts water in 1 part hydrogen peroxide. This can aid in shielding your plant’s roots.
Get Sweeter Tomatoes
Whether your area doesn’t support the growth of the sweetest tomatoes, or you just picked the wrong variety, there’s a simple hack to improve their chances. This is especially if you intend to use tomatoes in salads. Simply sprinkle a little baking soda around the plants for a sweeter yield.
Citrus Peel Seed Starters
I’ve already explained how you can make biodegradable seed starters using toilet paper rolls but another method is to use citrus peels. Not only are these biodegradable, but they add tons of nutrients to the soil. Just take your peel, poke a hole at the bottom to allow some drainage, then fill it with soil and add your seeds.
Grind Your Eggshells
This may sound a little odd but grinding eggshells can be beneficial for your soil. Simply add eggshells into your grinder or blender and run it until it turns into a fine powder. You can then add this powder to your garden soil. Eggshells are rich in the mineral calcium, which, if you haven’t guessed already, is super important for the growth of your plants as well.
Fork the Soil
If you face a common problem of rodents raiding your garden, then you know that lightweight solutions like row covers are no match against heavy animals like rabbits and raccoons, not to mention squirrels. A common gardening hack that’s blowing up right now is placing plastic forks along with your plants, inside the soil. These can deter animals like raccoons and squirrels from attacking your garden and eating up your crops.
Use Your Kitchen Water
Whether you boil potatoes, eggs, veggies or rice, on the stove; there’s no denying that the water is laden with many essential nutrients that seep out of the foods themselves. If you want to give your crops a little boost of richness, you can use this water to fertilize them. This way, you don’t need to purchase a nutrient solution separately. Just make sure that you cool the water to room temperature to avoid burning the crops.
Keep Runners at Bay
If you’re planting a variety that’s known for spreading too far or releasing runners, you’ll need to find a good solution so it doesn’t disturb other plants. Take a plastic pot and cut off the bottom. Place the pot in the ground and transplant your crop plant inside the pot. This will allow you to control how far the plant spreads and keep surrounding crops from getting affected.