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Gardening on the Cheap

By November 17, 2012

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Some of the best gardening tips I've received have been ways to recycle otherwise worthless objects in the garden. Using old coffee cans to stake plants like the ones shown here, covering tender tomatoes with soda bottles, foiling cutworms with the cardboard tube from toilet paper... There are so many ways to save money, time and resources in the garden and before I make it sound like a purely noble pursuit, many of these found objects can give your garden that look of age and substance we all crave.

Sometimes saving money in the garden means spending a little bit up front. Good soil, a good watering system and healthy plants are all worth paying for. Just do it wisely. Here are my Top 10 Ways to Save Money in the Garden. If you have a tip for recycling in your garden, we'd love you to share it.

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February 28, 2009 at 8:13 am
(1) jake says:

I saw and fell in love with a specific hanging planter at a home improvement chain last year. I couldn’t find the plants they used anywhere to make my own though!
The planters were prohibitively expensive, since I need three for a particular spot. So I bought one large one and divided it myself into hanging pots I had in the garage already.
By the end of summer, all three filled in larger than the original.

February 28, 2009 at 11:54 am
(2) Hanne says:

I make metal row markers out of aluminum drinks cans and old wire clothes hangers. To make the tags, cut the ends off of a can with a tinsnips or heavy shears, cut it down one side, flatten, then cut tags from the aluminum, which is soft enough to mark with an awl or a nail, or write on with a Sharpie if you prefer. Punch a hole in the tag with a nail. For the post, straighten out a wire clothes hanger and cut into appropriate lengths with a wire cutter. Use round-nosed pliers to bend one end of each piece of wire into a loop, and slip the tag onto the wire at the loop. Easy, very durable, and practically free.

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