How to Make Your Own DIY Weed Killer at an Affordable Price

Many gardeners go out to the garden ready to wage a battle against weeds with a handful of expensive weed killer spray from the nearest hardware store. It typically takes 30 minutes before you are back to the store stocking up on yet another bottle of that expensive weed killer. Not only that, it’s harmful to pets, the planet, kids and your pocketbook. So if you’ve been wondering how to make your own weed killer, the solution is just a room away.

Make Your Own Organic Weed Killer Spray

The first thing you need for this weed killer is a pump sprayer. You can find these online or at your local hardware store. If you have an old weed sprayer with a nozzle, you can use that. Just make sure you rinse it out well before use. Here’s what you need:
  • One tablespoon regular dish soap
  • One cup salt
  • One gallon white distilled vinegar
Next, follow these steps:
  • Fill the pump bottle with white distilled vinegar, dish soap and salt.
  • Stir well, but not enough to cause suds to form.
  • Head out to your garden and spray away. It works best during the sunniest part of the day.
  • Make sure to only spray the weeds you want to kill since this elixir will kill every plant in its path.
  • Coat everything well, letting the spray soak into the ground and penetrate the roots.
  • If you run out, simply head back into the house and mix some more.
The best part of this spray is that the entire family can join you without the worry of toxic chemicals. Little Sally, Fido and your checkbook will thank you for switching to this cost-effective and non-toxic way of tending to your garden. So enjoy some happy, weed-free gardening.

5 Simple Projects to Ease Your Way into Gardening

Even if you’re new to gardening, there are lots of easy DIY projects that are fun to try and will liven up your home and yard. However, this list will focus on the basics that will get you off to the best start. So read on to find five simple projects that will help you ease your way into gardening.
  1. Hanging Basket Plants

These are so versatile and are extremely easy to put together. You can have them outside, or even indoors for the perfect springtime aesthetic. You can make them dainty and delicate, colorful and vibrant, or even plain and subtle. Not only that, but you can use any size/color basket you want. But, if indoors, you want to make sure the plant you use doesn’t need to have any form of drainage, as to not make a mess, or it won’t flourish in your basket.
  1. Trellis

A garden trellis will make your home look like something out of a painting. The best plants for these are vines. They will wrap around the structure and cascade downwards in a beautiful way. You can also prop it against a wall, have it stand alone, and even make it into all kinds of different shapes.
  1. Garden Markers

As someone who can hardly ever remember which plant is which, these are absolutely essential for the garden. And better yet, they extremely simple to make. You could use washi tape, wooden craft sticks, markers, or you can also print them on thick cardstock paper. These are functional, but also look adorable and add just the right touch to pull together your garden.
  1. Herb Garden

If you’ve never tried planting herbs, give it a shot. Most herbs have simple needs and are easy to maintain. These plants are perfect for people who love to cook and create new recipes. Plus, nothing beats fresh ingredients.
  1. Succulents

If you want an easy indoor and/or outdoor plant that looks beautiful and unique, succulents are the perfect plant, as they are low-maintenance and look amazing, especially in springtime. There are so many different types of succulents, but they are all beautiful in their own way. You could even try a simple cactus plant, although they are quite sharp. All of these projects are easy, fun and can be cost-efficient, as well. Try any of these and your garden will look perfect.

How to Discover the Joys of Growing Gorgeous Succulents

Most people say gardening is a great way of relaxing the mind and relieving stress. But if you’re considering gardening and have no experience, it can easily have the opposite result. Many people take on gardening and feel worse than when they began because they’re unable to care for their garden. But choosing easy to grow plants can make the learning process much easier. So, here are some ways to discover the joys of growing gorgeous succulents.

The Best Plants for Inexperienced Gardeners

What makes gardening difficult is that people first think of the most beautiful, colorful gardens in their memory. And then they hope to replicate those even if they’ve never worked in a garden before. One thing to keep in mind is these gardens with variety require tending to plants and flowers with different needs. Some require lots of water, others are easily overwatered. Some plants crave sunlight, while others can get dried out by it. On the other hand, you care for succulents almost exactly the same regardless of how they look or their color. If you are new to gardening, forget about planting seeds, and instead buy a few succulents. You can purchase them in small plastic pots ready for a permanent garden. Since you are skipping the seed stage, create variety ahead of time. Your garden will be colorful and diverse from day one.

Easy to Care for, Too

Succulents are resilient beings that have evolved for survival. This means there is no need to worry if you forget to water them. Unlike other plants that grab all their moisture from the soil using their roots, succulents store moisture in their leaves. Weekly watering is all that is necessary with succulents. And in the rainy season, you can let Mother Nature care for them.

Great for Small Spaces

You don’t need a massive desert oasis to grow succulents. Another great characteristic of succulents is their ability to adapt. Give them a little water and natural sunlight, and succulents can thrive in almost any environment. You can set aside an area of your yard for succulents without sacrificing outdoor play space for your kids or pets. If you live in a townhome with only a small patio, try planter boxes. And if you live in an apartment or condo in a big city, buy an indoor vase and set your succulents close to windows that get sunlight. Gardening can be a relaxing pastime, but your garden must fit your lifestyle. If you’re just starting out or are concerned of how much time and space you can give your garden, succulents may be the right option for you.  

8 of the Best Ways to Get Your Yard and Garden in Great Shape

The dreary winter months can seem to drag on, especially for gardeners. But the gray skies and rain of spring don’t have to keep you from working on your yard and garden. No matter if you start early or late, here are eight great ways to get out there and get your yard and garden ready for the upcoming warm and sunny weather.
  1. Ready Tools and Structures

Inspect your tools for rust or breakage. Treat wooden handles. Sharpen the blades of pruners and other cutting tools. Repair old plant supports and coverings and build any new ones you might need.
  1. Make a Plan

Decide what to plant this year and where. Remember that crop rotation and companion planting can increase your yield. Plan the size and location of any new beds.
  1. Gather Supplies

Take inventory of all your gardening supplies. Replace any tools, structures, seeds, mulch, and fertilizer that need it.
  1. Prune and Transplant

Many trees and shrubs need pruning and transplanting while they are dormant in the winter and early spring. When buying new trees and shrubs, be sure to choose those that will complement what’s already in your yard and garden.
  1. Seed Indoors

Planting from seed is inexpensive and often productive, not to mention exciting and educational for kids. Seed flowers and vegetables in a warm, sheltered place to get a head start on the growing season. You can move them out to your yard and garden once they grow a few inches and are sturdy.
  1. Clean up Debris

In areas with milder winters, spring is a great time to clean up your yard and garden. Pull out any large stems and other debris from the previous season. Then all you have to do when the weather warms is stick your plants in the ground.
  1. Dig New Beds and Plots

If you’re planning to expand your garden, get to digging as soon as the weather allows. That way you’ll have time to further prepare the soil before planting time. Make sure to consider the big picture design-wise when you dig new areas in your yard and garden.
  1. Test and Amend the Soil

Since some amendments are harmful to plants until a certain amount of time has passed. So, test your soil now for any nutrients that might be lacking. This will give you time to add what your plants need before you’re ready to put them in the ground. Each of these steps will go a long way in getting your yard and garden ready for the summer months. Just take one at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful outdoor space to relax and enjoy by yourself, or with friends and family.