Flowers are totally my happy place this time of year! After a long, bare winter, it feels so great getting to spruce up the backyard and patio area with beautiful flowers! Flower are just an instant mood booster too. Despite a bad day, being outside with flowers and natures is the best way to turn it around for good. 🙂

I am a huge advocate for container gardens. They are perfect for anyone in a house or apartment, plus they are easier to care for with harsh Texas weather. I also have many flowers that I grow straight in the ground. I try to keep these to ones that do well in this environment, like roses!

Over the last ten years of flower gardening, having a chemistry degree, and taking horticulture, I have some super easy, affordable (even free!) flower garden tips that will keep everything looking beautiful all season long with minimal effort! These tips can even be used on vegetable and herb gardens too, but they are especially great for all your flowers. I love sharing easy, non-technical tips on my blog that can help anyone enjoy the benefits of a patio garden.

There are so many free, affordable garden tips (thanks to science) that you can use now to keep your flowers healthy all season.
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Tip One. Use Eggshells!
Eggshells are not only free, but they have some great scientific qualities that add nourishment to your plants. They are really rich in calcium too! This is a perfect natural fertilizer that you can just add to the base of your potted plants (or any plant!) and that’s it! I always save my eggshells in the refrigerator to be used for all my flowers.

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Tip Two. Keep Your Banana Peels!
Another free item we always have around the house. Banana peels decompose really fast, and they add some great nutrients, like potassium to your soil. This will really keep your flowers vibrant and vivid!

Tip Three. Know Your Soils pH Level!
Depending on your location, the soil will differ in composition. I discovered the hard way that my new home had highly acidic soil compared to my previous home. Using your own soil from around the house is fine for potting plants, but it is important to know if you have acidic or alkaline soil to make sure you are growing your plants correctly. If you are growing plants straight into the ground, this is even more important.

You can buy a little pH meter in most garden sections. Anything under 7 on the pH scale will be acidic, and anything above 7 will be alkaline (or basic). Of course, 7 is neutral. For example, I grow roses in the ground and in pots. Roses do great in slightly acidic soil, around 5 or 6.

If you don’t want to buy a pH meter, you can use a natural alternative. Mix a little of your soil with distilled water. Pour in some vinegar and if it bubbles, you have acidic soil. If it doesn’t do anything with vinegar, add in some baking soda. If that bubbles, you actually have alkaline soil. If your soil doesn’t react with either, you have neutral soil which is good!

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Tip Four. Save Your Coffee Grounds!
Speaking of pH levels, used coffee grounds lose their acidity after brewing, which makes them a great addition to your soil without effecting the pH. They are rich in nitrogen which is a very important element for most plants. Plus, it is another free fertilizer that you probably have sitting around all the time!

Tip Five. Reuse Glass Bottles of Watering Potted Plants!
Another quick way to repurpose something we all have around the house! Take a large glass bottle, like a leftover wine bottle or sparkling water bottle, fill it with water. Stick it straight into the soil of your potted plant. This is a great tip to keep from overwatering plants that are sensitive to root rot.

It will keep the soil slightly moist. In the strong summer heat, I would add a few more bottles to the container or water a little more.

Don’t forget about your garden tools!

Tip Six. Use Sand to Prevent Rust!
The BEST way to prevent your metal garden tools from rusting is to use sand in a pot, then stick your tools right into it.

I always like my garden tools close by like my sheers, little spade, and little rake, but they rust easy. This eliminates the rust factor and you can get creative with the pot you use!

Hopefully these easy, affordable garden tips can get your started in the right direction this spring and summer.

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Alexis is a chemist, writer, consultant, and owner of Chemistry Cachet, a unique lifestyle blog. Her favorite type of experimenting is the kitchen with healthy recipes or outside in the garden, with a little DIY sprinkled in. She lives with her husband, a former marine, and spoiled English Bulldog, Ruger. Helping people live healthier, better, and more enjoyable lives is her favorite thing about blogging! Find her on social media for more inspiration.
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