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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.

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Skin Care Products Every Farm Girl Needs

Spending hours upon hours outdoors can mean too much exposure to UV rays that can increase the risk of skin cancer. Lucky for you, we are sharing a few tips on how you can protect your skin from premature aging. Adding these skincare products to your routine can also help reduce the risk of mild to severe skin disorders.


Prolonged exposure to UV rays triggers various skin problems. Therefore, protecting your skin with a layer of sunscreen is the best way to block these rays. Always apply sunscreen half an hour before heading outside and reapply after every two hours as long as you work on your farm. Pick a sunscreen that includes SP 15 and these four chemical ingredients- titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, and octyl methoxycinnamate. This is true for all skin types and ethnicity.

Face Cleansers

Environmental pollutants and sunscreen mixed with sweat can clog your pores, cause acne, and dark spots. However, cleansing helps remove impurities, oil, and dirt from your skin. So, every evening when you get back home, don’t forget to wash your face with a natural cleanser. It will leave your skin fresh and smooth! (Here’s a great DIY cleanser and scrub in one.)

Facial Scrubs

Remember when we told you how exfoliating your skin removes dead cells. Without exfoliating, dead cells can get trapped on the surface of your skin and encourage dark spots. This will result in clogged pores, dryness, dullness and wrinkles. Using a skin scrub can gently dissolve dead skin cells. Scrubbing with physical exfoliants (consisting of tiny granules) is a great way to brighten your complexion. (Learn how to make your own scrub here.) Keep in mind that 2-3 times per week is enough otherwise excessive exfoliating can make your skin overly sensitive.


While the sun can give you a beautiful tan keep in mind that it also saps all that natural moisture from your face! This eventually results in more pronounced wrinkles. From concealing blemishes to reducing skin problems, moisturizing on a regular basis can actually make your skin healthier. Apply a moisturizer on your face after every wash. Look for a lotion that includes plenty of vitamins and SPF 15 to shield your skin during day. Along with that, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Your Road to Healthier Skin

Now that you have a better understanding of skincare products, you can have spotless, youthful and supple skin! Depending on your preferences, you may choose from organic or inorganic products, but keep in mind that natural and organic is always best. No matter what you pick, ensure to practice these skincare tips regularly and rejuvenate your skin like never before!

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