Are you looking forward to finally getting some much needed work completed in your home garden? So are we! In this week’s Simple Fix we share with you some helpful gardening hacks we picked up from one of our favorite home improvement resources, The Family Handyman. Each tip requires minimal supplies or equipment to execute! So, let’s get started!

Root Concern

If you are experiencing trouble keeping the roots of certain plants under control, this first hack will help you get to the bottom of things.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Plastic Flower Pot
  2. Utility Knifeflowerpothacking

What To Do:

First, take your utility knife and cut the entire bottom of the flower pot out. Once this is done, you should be left with a cylinder with wide openings on each end. Next, encircle the plant(s) in question with the bottomless flower pot. Drive the flower pot into the ground until only the very top portion of the collar can be seen. (See Below) This will help your roots stay contained and less unruly.


Photo: The Family Handyman

Hose Control

Not really into having a bulky hose reel hanging around the yard? This next Simple Fix is a great alternative for DIY’ers who are also minimalists at heart.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Coiled Hose w/ Spray Nozzle Attachment
  2. 4 Foot Galvanized Steel Pipe

What to Do:

With a rubber mallet, drive your 4 foot pipe into the ground to your desired height. This pipe size can hold a coiled hose of up to 50 feet. The opening at the top of the pipe can easily hold the handle of the hose’s spray nozzle.


Photos: The Family Handyman


Get the Weeds Not Your Seedlings

Protect your li’l seedlings from over zealous gardening with this über simple trick.

What You’ll Need:

  1. Cardboard Toilet Paper Tubes

What to Do:

To help you distinguish your young plants from weeds, take would-be discarded cardboard toilet paper tubes and cut them into three pieces. Place your pieces around your seedlings. Now you can easily spot your plants when weeding.


Photo: The Family Handyman

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