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Some Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

From using leftover coffee beans to preventing dirt from getting underneath fingernails, master gardener Paul James shares his some tips and shortcuts to make spring gardening a breeze.

Here, the newest tips and tricks from Paul James, host of Gardening by the Yard:


  • To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, join equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub by a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.
  • To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails when you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can gather beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to eliminate the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

Gardening Tips

  • To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat through a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.
  • Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Set a long-handled garden tool on the ground and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot symbols on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to some feet) you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand.

Garden Twine Handy

To have garden twine handy when you require it, just stick a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole



To turn a clay pot into a hose guide, just stab an approximately one-foot length of steel reinforcing bar into the ground at the corner of a bed and slip two clay pots over it


Young Plants

Put the pot upside down in the garden. Do that and you’ll never go looking for twine again.Little clay pots make great cloches for defensive young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes.


Prevent Damage

individual facing down, the other facing up. The guides will prevent damage to your plants like you drag the hose along the bed.

  • To make perfectly natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of different sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants.
  • Use chamomile tea to manage damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil approximately the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray.
  • If you need an instant table for tea service, look no farther than your set of clay pots and saucers. Just flip a good-sized pot over, and top it off with a great saucer. And while you’ve had your share of tea, fill the saucer with water, and your table is now a birdbath.