20 Gardening Hacks That Will Save You Time and Effort

From innovative watering solutions to creative pest control methods, these tips and tricks will revolutionize the way you garden!

Gardening supplies laid out on a wooden table.

If you love gardening, you have come to the right place. Do you want to learn how to grow a successful garden while also saving time and effort? There is no need to look any further because this post is all about gardening hacks.

While gardening is fun and rewarding, let us be honest: it can also be a lot to handle at times. From getting rid of annoying bugs to remembering when to water, the problems can seem endless. But fear not! Gardening can be easy and quick if you know the right tricks.

I am going to show you some clever gardening hacks that will change the way you garden forever. These gardening tips and tricks will make your job easier and help you get beautiful results, no matter how experienced you are or how new you are to gardening.

Get your shovel and gardening gloves ready, because you are about to find a whole new world of gardening possibilities. Let’s dig in and unleash the full potential of your garden together!

My Top 10 Favorite Gardening Hacks

Gardening is a rewarding hobby, but it’s not always easy. It’s also not always cheap. I tend to enjoy my hobbies much more when I figure out a better way to do them. These are some of my favorite tricks that I’ve picked up along the way.

Need to Dry Herbs?

Lay them out on a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car. Leave them there with the windows up, and they will dry quickly and evenly. Plus, your car will smell nice. This works even better than using a warm oven, which often over-dries them. Just remember to close your windows when you drive with them.

Save Your Cooking Water

Oftentimes, it’s loaded with great nutrients, so why would you want to dump it down the drain? I keep a 5-gallon bucket handy in the kitchen to dump recycled water, and every morning I use it to water the plants.

Remove Salt Residue

1 part white vinegar/1 part rubbing alcohol/1 part water are all you need to get salt residue (the white stuff) off of terracotta pots.

Go Native

Choose native plants for your gardens. They cost less or may even be free if you can find cuttings or seeds, and because they are from the area and are accustomed to the local weather, they should require low-to-no maintenance.


Upcycle what you have for your garden. A screen door can be an excellent trellis. Fallen tree limbs make great bed borders. Old windows serve an excellent second purpose as a cold frame.

Keep Your Nails Clean

Scratch a bar of soap before gardening to prevent dirt from getting under your nails. When you come in to wash your hands, your nails will be sparkly clean.

Water at the Right Time

Water garden beds in the morning and potted plants in the afternoon. Potted plants tend to dry out quickly in the late afternoon sun. By watering in the afternoon, you are loading them up, so the water is handy during the worst of the temperatures. Garden beds need time to absorb water before the noon heat arrives. By watering in the morning, water has a chance to soak down to the root level.

Measure With a Shovel

Use your shovel as a measuring tape. Lay out your shovel next to a yardstick or measuring tape, and mark the feet and inches with a permanent marker. When you are working on a project, you won’t need to stop and go find the measuring tape, which is never where you left it.

Make it Rain

Create a rain barrel to help with watering. This is especially important if you pay for water. Be sure to check with local code enforcement before harvesting water. Some places can be weird about that stuff.

Keep Your Nursery Pots

Save nursery pots to protect small plants when you have an unexpected frost. Just put the pot over the plant, and it will help shelter it. Nursery pots are also great for marking the location of plants like hostas that die back, so you don’t accidentally disturb them in early spring.

My Friends’ Favorite Gardening Hacks

Make your own seed mats to save time on planting and remove much of the hassle of planting tiny seeds at precise distances.

Adding hose guides to your garden beds prevents you from dragging the garden hose across delicate plants when you’re watering.

Saving seeds from the previous year’s harvest is a great way to save money. It’s also really easy.

Who Knew? says bungee cords keep the bags in place when you’re using those big trash cans. This is brilliant when you’re raking leaves.

You can save a lot of time and energy by researching different ways to garden specific crops. This lazy bed method for growing potatoes is a great example.

Pre-sprout your seeds to save yourself the insanity of waiting and hoping. 

If you’re allowed to play with fire (I’m accident prone), there is a tool to remove weeds that received great reviews.

Cooking spray is the answer to mowing a wet lawn. It helps keep the grass from clumping up and compacting under your mower.

Did you know you can make your own soil blocks? Soil blocks are a great way to start your seedlings.

Shower doors in the garden? They can be upcycled and used as greenhouses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gardening hacks are clever tips, tricks, and techniques that help simplify and improve various aspects of gardening, such as planting, watering, pest control, and maintenance.

Gardening hacks often involve using everyday items in innovative ways to achieve better results with less effort. By implementing these hacks, gardeners can streamline tasks, minimize manual labor, and maximize efficiency in their gardens.

Yes, many gardening hacks are beginner-friendly and can benefit gardeners of all skill levels. Whether you’re new to gardening or have years of experience, incorporating these hacks into your routine can help enhance your gardening experience.

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Applying these smart gardening tips to your routine can help you get great results while saving you a lot of time and work. These hacks will help you garden smarter, not harder. They range from easy do-it-yourself fixes to new ways of doing things. Try them out and enjoy your garden growing without any stress.

What gardening hacks have you found most effective in saving time and effort in your garden?

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  1. Nice, These gardening tips and tricks will help you save time.

  2. Robert Terry says:

    Hey dear, Thanks a lot for sharing such great stuff on gardening hacks. I have got some fantastic tips and ideas in your post. You have just noted an essential point, “WATER AT THE RIGHT TIME: Water garden beds in the morning and potted plants in the afternoon. Potted plants tend to dry out quickly in the late afternoon sun. By watering in the afternoon, you are loading them up so the water is handy during the worst of the temperatures. Garden beds need time to absorb water before the noon heat arrives. By watering in the morning, water has a chance to soak down to root level.” Most of the gardener does not know how to water the plant properly. I do hope this post will be more useful for the new and old gardener.

  3. airbnb cleaning sydney says:

    This blog about gardening hack is very informative. Thank you so much!

  4. Oh I love the one about the soap under the fingernails!

    I have another tip: Grass clippings from mowing make great mulch and natural fertilizer around plants or anywhere you want mulch. They decompose quickly, but you can add more every week. I got this tip from a master gardener I know. He even goes as far as picking up all the neighbor’s bags of grass clippings! Think how much this tip will save you on buying those large trash bags!

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      Love it! Thanks Florence!

  5. I love the soap trick for keeping my nails clean. Great tips!

  6. Great tips, the about drying herbs in a car, we used to do it in an old truck and it worked perfect.

  7. Great tips! I never thought about using cooking water to water my house plants, but that is a great idea that I am going start doing. Pinned & tweeted. Visiting from the Homestead blog hop.

  8. Great tips. I never thought about saving my cooking water to put on my plants but that is a great idea that I am going start doing. Tweeted & pinned Visiting from the Homestead Blog Hop.

  9. Ooh, excellent. I particularly like the herb drying tip (I imagine my car will smell good as an added bonus!) and the soap under the nails. Dirty hands are something I had to put up for a good 3-4 days after weeding, so I’ll definitely try the soap trick. Thanks!

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      So happy to help Wendy!

  10. Thank you for reminding me to use the heat in my car for drying herbs! I always run out of space by the end of summer!

    1. Jessica Lane says:

      You are so welcome. That’s one of my favorite hacks. I’ve been driving around with dandelion heads in the back for a couple of days. Just remember to keep your windows up 🙂

  11. Mike the Gardener says:

    Love the tips, especially #8 : “Use your shovel as a measuring tape.” … I have done this … I have marked my shovel with measurements … it works great.

  12. Great post! I’m all over the soap under the nail thing!

    1. Sometimes it’s the little things in life 🙂

  13. Carol J. Alexander says:

    Just found this post. Great ideas. Thanks for including me. 🙂

  14. Tanya @ Seven Springs Homestead says:

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I am always looking for ways to make my work on the farm easier and cheaper!

  15. Green Bean says:

    Some great tips! I love your cooking water idea.