Futon Frame Trellis
- We took a couple of futon bed frames that had been dumped in our neighborhood and propped them up in the corners of our yard. They make great trellises. Very sturdy.
- —Guest Sonya
Book Case Bed
- My wife wanted to throw away the large bookcase that was leaning over. Instead, my son and I screwed in the shelves for support, took off the cardboard back, and laid it down in the yard for a sectioned off raised bed garden! My son (who is six) gets a section of his own so that he can learn to garden, and we kept the bookcase out of a landfill!
- —Guest J. Scott
Clean Hay Mulch
- I place hay around plants & between rows, keeps grass out, run water down middles, preserve water, later till into soil. Leaves can also be used.
- —Guest Leo Borak
Recycle Mushrooms Substrate
- After harvesting mushrooms, the substrate is excellent for plants. Making a tea with the substrate and putting it on leaves and roots, makes more healthy plants. Also just putting some substrate on the soil in pots will be great. I don´t have a plant without this practice!! You will see the difference!
- —Guest garetana
- Use shredded mail as mulch, add to compost, lighten planters when mixed with soil. Shred newspaper if you need more.
- —Guest Marcella Ciszewski
- I saw an idea about keeping the bigger pots that were either for larger perennials or shrubs. I cleaned them all up and got some of the colored duct tape and put it on there with "Weed Bucket" written on the duct tape and then put on colored pictures of flowers, butterflies and birds. I am going to sell them at a consignment shop for a little over a dollar.
- —Guest Ginny
Use Tea Leaves for Super Roses
- After making tea, cleanse the used tea leaves, and spread under rose plants & see the results.
- —Guest SMITA GURAV
Free Plastic Mulch
- An old plastic shower curtain works great when put down as a mulch before planting tomatoes, to keep soil from drying out.
- —Guest carol parrish
Recycle Old Carpet
- I cut rings out of old carpet , to put around trees & shrubs then cover with mulch great for weed prevention , a hole in the center & a slit to the hole & wrap round the tree.
- Reuse slotted strawberry containers to start new strawberries. Remove top, fill with compost/potting soil, layer strawberry trimmings (tops, wilted spots, as long as they have seeds on them), cover with a light layer of soil, keep moist. Be prepared for many new strawberry plants. When plants are mature enough to transplant, spare concrete blocks make great planters and can be staggered for a layered effect. Try a pyramid for increased production and easier watering.
- —Guest Fairygarden
Make Pots Lighter
- For gardening in large pots, barrels or large indoor pots, I use those packing peanuts for the bottom third of the container and then the potting mix. It lightens the container making it easier to move or turn to face the sun.
- —Guest gardenerJoan
Recycled Cut Worm Collars
- To prevent tomato cut-worms from damaging my plants. I use old tubes from toilet tissue, paper towels, etc. I recycle the tubes and also protect my tomato plants. Works well all the time.
- —Guest John E. Long
- I use urine soiled diaper cotton from my granddaughter's diaper for my rose plants. It acts as a good mulch for my roses. It increases the flower yield.
- —Guest janaki
Ashes to Ashes
- I put all my fire place ashes in the garden then till under in the spring.
- —Guest terry
Recycle Old Rain Gutters
- I just saw a picture, in a well known magazine, of old gutters attached to the side of a shed. It had several types of shallow root plants like radishes, several types of lettuce/greens etc. This is on my agenda this spring. What a great 'raised bed' idea! Sandy