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There are two types of people in this world: those who can garden and those who can’t. While some seem to have been born to give plants life, others struggle to grow anything–except maybe for mould. Well, whether you’ve been gifted with gardening skills or not, these gardening hacks are too easy to mess up, and will help your garden grow effortlessly.

1. Get your plant to water itself

Are you the kind of person who, over and over again, forgets to water your plants? Even if you are, you certainly shouldn’t let that stop you from gardening. There’s even a way to get your plant to water itself. All you need to do is water your plant the first time and put one end of some twisted paper towel into a glass filled with water. Then, drape the rest of the paper towel around the base of the plant. The paper towel will absorb the water, which will then be sucked into the soil as the plant needs it.

2. Keep slugs away

That’s right, a single cup of beer is a powerful weapon against those slimy critters. Learn more about it here.

            


3. Grow roses from potatoes

If you snip off both ends of a rose, you can grow a new rose from the old stem right out of a potato. Poke the rose’s stem into a potato and bury it underground with the rose’s stem sticking out. Then, you can expect a new rose to sprout from the potato in no time at all. Since potatoes retain moisture so well, the rose will get everything it needs from the potato to bloom stronger and brighter than ever.

4. Plant a seed in a lemon

A tiny sapling growing out of a fruit is a pretty cute site. Well, you can actually use the rind of a citrus fruit to plant a seed. Remove the fruit from the rind with an ice cream scooper and put some seed-friendly soil into the rind first. Then you can plant your seed–get cute decor for your home along with that fresh, fruity smell all at once. Just remember to replant the seed to a bigger pot when it gets big.

Lemon hack
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5. Use diapers

No, we’re not going to use baby poop to fertilize our plants. We’re going to use a clean diaper–we swear. If you remove the little crystals from the inside of a diaper and put them into your plant’s soil, you won’t need to water your plant as often. These ‘diaper crystals’ absorb moisture, so putting them into the soil will help retain the plant’s water for longer.

Don’t believe us? Check out the video above to learn more.