I’m a gardening expert – how to properly water your plants and prevent mold from growing without spending any money

THERE are some basic needs every plant has – water, soil, and sunlight. But sometimes, people can mess these three things up and kill their seedlings.

Well, a gardening expert has revealed the proper way to water your garden without killing it.


A North Carolina gardener, who simply goes by GrowYoFood on social media, warned about overwatering your seedlings once they start sprouting.

"You can't water them like a houseplant and you can't keep spritzing them like you had before because they will mold," she said.

"Don't water them from the top and wait for the water to drip through."

The water will only pool at the top and won't penetrate down to the soil in the middle and the bottom where you want the roots to grow.

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"This is why we soak from the bottom every time," she explained.

To soak from the bottom, you'll have to pop out the mini pots where the seedlings are sprouting and add water to the tray under them. This will let the plants absorb the water they need rather than being forced to do so.

But you also want to be careful when you have a lot of pots on one tray because you can unintentionally overwater some and leave others too dry.

To fix this, add water to the bottom of a second tray, pop the dry ones on it, wait 15 minutes and return them back to their normal home.

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Once every pot has wet soil, you'll want to empty out the rest of the water at the bottom of the tray to avoid any mold from growing on them, resulting in seedling death.

And when your seedlings have sprouted and are ready to be transferred to a bigger pot, you might want to follow a second gardener's advice.

Garden pro named Jamie, who goes by @mama.jmarie on TikTok, loves the look of oversized planters.

These giant pots, however, are sometimes hard to fill so that the flowers stand tall enough.

Jamie said she has an easy solution — and it only requires one Dollar Tree purchase.

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“For those large flower pots, use pool noodles to take up extra space,” she said while cutting up chunks of a foam noodle and placing them at the bottom of the pot.

“This also provides drainage for your plants.”


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