My Garden Shed Diary With More Gardening Hints & Tips

Number 3 was a real shocker to me !

In my warm garden shed, heated by the bright spring sunlight, I am contemplating what more gardening hints and tips that I can share with you today. What seems like a great idea that I know or have heard? What if it is such a well-known thing that you would think, “Well duh, Everyone knows that.”

But every little idea which you feel might be common knowledge may be something new to someone who is just in the beginning of their exploration of flower or vegetable gardening.

Get Out And Get The Weeds Now!

Early in the spring as it is now, it is time to attack the small weeds before they get the upper hand. Those small weeds will get larger and larger, and since a lot of them are already blooming, such as


bittercress and Persian speedwell, get out there and pull them before those flowers mature and make seeds. One plant can make hundreds if not thousands of seeds, so the earlier you attack and pull, the better.

I know the little Persian speedwell has the cutest little blue flowers. They are sometimes called Bird’s Eye speedwell, but beware of letting it go to seed. You will pull weeds for seven years!

Now seriously, you don’t want to do that , do you?

And if you really have that much time to pull weeds, let me tell you how to get to my garden pronto!


Deer or Bird Netting – It DOES Work !

In one of my earlier posts in the fall when I was having trouble with Diggers in the Garden, I tried using some light plastic bird netting or deer netting to deter the squirrels and chipmunks from digging in my hypertufa containers.



Guess what? It worked!  I just wrapped it around the trough and secured it with larger rocks on the edges (for my large T Rex Trough). The smaller ones I just wrapped and secured the netting underneath or tied it around the outside.

Nothing was dug into! Nothing was disturbed. It worked perfectly. I will remove it soon and just roll it back up to store. 

And if I see any funny business going on in the garden, I will just put it back.

It is almost invisible, so I won’t hesitate! Did you hear that, Diggers?


Do What ? On My Compost Pile?

Let me start by saying that this is not a joke at all. This is something I have heard and checked the information available and it seems legit.

We are all aware of the drought in California and the shortage of water. It is getting to crisis proportions and needs some serious ideas to save water.


We are flushing water down the toilet each year in the amount of  billions of gallons.

Don’t use your toilet when you have to pee. Use your compost pile. Yep, your compost pile.

First of all, this would easily to apply for males, unless you are really an agile or accomplished female. Or you are willing to pee into a container and take it out to the compost pile. Like you do the egg shells and potato peels. Right? That said…

Conserve Water, don't flush it, compost it. (1)

Urine is rich in nitrogen, and has moderate amounts of phosphorus, and some potassium. And it is sterile coming from a healthy human being. This is a great accelerator for your compost pile, and it is free. Yes, this is all true right?

Ask yourself. Aren’t you glad to get some cow or horse manure to add to your compost pile and then spread all over your garden? That manure has a lot more chance of spreading pathogens that your own sterile urine.

If you have not heard of this before, there is quite a bit of information available.


Wow, this is some information to digest. What are you all doing with your “Liquid Gold.” Are you wasting water and flushing it down the toilet?




Kim, The Hypertufa Gardener

Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.

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5 thoughts on “My Garden Shed Diary With More Gardening Hints & Tips

  • March 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    I grew up in south east asia , and my parents grew orchids on a big scale . They had huge pots in a secluded spot in the garden and they made my brothers pee in it. Then these pee was used as fertiliser for the orchids . Now i live in England i hear that in the past ,people used to wait for the man to come selling horse manure . They put it in tbeir roses and it grew wonderfully and peopld used to have so e words if there was not enough horse manure to go round the street for everyones needs. I strongly believe in both the pee and horse manure for the compost bin but i think it will stink the place out !! Reply
    • March 9, 2016 at 8:14 pm
      That sounds like something we could do now. I guess the old ways are the best. Hopefully it won't stink too bad. Reply
    • April 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm
      Richi, I know you could do this. Just climb carefully and watch out for snakes! LOL Reply
    • December 14, 2017 at 11:56 pm
      Yes this is absolutely true I let my boys pee my plants especially in early morning,it does work as fertilizer for plants.My grandmother told me when I was a kid to just pee the plants I just pass my knowledge to my kids. :D Reply

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