Over the years I've heard of and used many helpful tips for growing herbs, vegetables, fruit trees, and potted plants so I thought it was time I shared such interesting and helpful information. Most of them I've committed to memory so will add to this post as I recall them. If you have any tips you'd like to add, please share in a comment below.
From the Kitchen
Rather than tossing out coffee grounds you can use them as mulch for indoor plants and around tomato plants.
Vegetable scraps can be put to good use by composting them straight into the garden - just dig a hole deep enough to take all you have at the time and then cover it with earth or straw. The scraps will rot down and provide nutritious fertiliser for your garden plants.
You can compost eggshells as above or soak them in water and use it to water potted plants. Placing the shells around plants also acts as mulch, deters pests, and helps produce glossy leaves.
I haven't tried it but I have heard you can grow potatoes from peelings. Old potatoes can be planted whole or cut into pieces - just make sure that each piece has at least one eye.
Keep the water strained from cooking vegetables and use it to water herbs and vegetables.
Ferns such as maidenhair benefit from discarded tea leaves and tea; just empty the teapot around them or place tea bags directly onto the soil next to them. Mint also benefits from used tea leaves.
Dried herbs that are past their prime can be added to the compost bin or lightly dug into the garden around plants.
Save shallot roots including about 2 cm of the white part and plant them in the garden - new shallots will grow. Alternatively, you can harvest shallots by cutting them down near the white bases; they will shoot again to form a new plant.
Freeze fish and seafood scraps and when you are ready to plant new plants, thaw them out and place in the bottom of the hole. Cover with soil and then pop in the new plant. The scraps will rot and provide them with excellent fertiliser.
Cut a paper towel holder or other cardboard tubes lengthwise and wrap around sapling or young tree trunks to protect them from rabbits or when you're weeding.
Until next time ...
Proprietor, author, and tutor of The Home Herbalist Online Course.