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I’m a gardening expert – my 3 simple tricks will save you money and effort getting your garden ready for spring

THE WEATHER is starting to warm up, which means some people might be excited to start planning their spring gardens.

Before even shoveling the floor, here are three gardening tips to help save you money and effort checking out.

Gardening fanatics have taken to the internet to share their best planting tips and tricks

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Gardening fanatics have taken to the internet to share their best planting tips and tricksPhoto credit: @midsommargardens/TikTok
A gardening guru revealed they filled a raised bed for less than $20

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A gardening guru revealed they filled a raised bed for less than $20Photo credit: @madelinetriesherbes/TikTok

DON’T WASTE MONEY ON LINER

TikToker and plant enthusiast @ggthegardengirl told her followers there was no need to buy liners to hang flower baskets.

She suggested recycling earth bags instead.

“Turn them over.

“Then put them in your basket and add potting soil,” she instructed them.

Finally she said to cut holes in the bag for drainage and voilà: you are ready to give a plant a new home.

BUILD A GROWING WALL

A proud husband took to the internet to show off his wife’s DIY garden wall.

The creation can be compared to a shelf, but instead of a shelf on each level there is a rectangular flower box.

The husband said his wife built the piece using old wooden pallets, pieces of landscaping fabric, and fence posts.

“Every other row has been removed [from the palette]and this wood was used to build the bottoms of the rows and make them boxes,” the man explained via text overlay on the video of the growing wall.

“Then she lined the box with landscaping material and stapled it down.

“That way we can fill it with soil and it won’t wash out when it’s watered.”

He went on to explain that succession planting requires planting new seeds every few weeks, so it doesn’t all grow at once.

This prevents you from ending up having to harvest too many herbs, vegetables or fruits at the same time.

“It’ll be perfect for salad!” he gushed.

“I’ll also try bok choy, radishes and some herbs next spring.

“It should work for plants that don’t need a really deep growing area.”

People in the video’s comments section were super excited about the idea, but many also pointed out that his wife should be careful about where she gets her palettes from as they are often treated with chemicals.

FILL YOUR GARDEN BED FOR CHEAP

Self-proclaimed “garden girl” @madelinetriesherbest showed her followers how to fill a garden bed with little money.

First, she filled her rectangular garden bed with cardboard she got from her local grocery store.

Next, Madeline placed a layer of dead branches that she had cut from trees over the winter on top of the cardboard.

She then created another layer using “a few bucks” worth of straw and leaves collected from nature.

The fourth layer consisted of homemade compost, which of course can be made for free.

“Your leftovers are garden gold, my friends!” she exclaimed.

Finally, Madeline put four to six inches of potting soil over the compost, which she says cost about $15.

Pleased with her creation, she wrote: “Look at this steaming beautiful bed.

“Can you smell the manure through the sieve?

“Smells like fertility.”

Viewers were very supportive of her video and one person even suggested one more layer to add: grass clippings.

“The decomposition of grass releases nitrogen, adds much-needed nutrients and encourages microbial growth,” they said.

For more gardening tips, experts have previously analyzed other TikTok gardening tricks and shared what information is actually useful.

The flower bed was filled with cardboard, twigs, leaves, compost and soil

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The flower bed was filled with cardboard, twigs, leaves, compost and soilPhoto credit: @madelinetriesherbes/TikTok
Another expert recycled earth bags and used them as liners for hanging baskets

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Another expert recycled earth bags and used them as lining for hanging basketsPhoto credit: @ggthegardengirl/TikTok
The succession garden wall was made from largely recycled materials

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The succession garden wall was made from largely recycled materialsPhoto credit: @midsommargardens/TikTok

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