- Where I work we get a lot of boxes with paper packing material in them, so I use it as a mulch.
- —Guest annette
Wooden Camping Stool Frames Trellises
- As I find wooden camp stools with fabric seats, generally rotting away, I remove the fabric, open the frames and center them over taller plants as trellising supports.
- —Guest Rick, of Albert Lea, MN
Lighter Hanging Baskets
- Fill the bottom of hanging baskets with plastic bags tied into knots. Stuff the bottom of the hanging baskets with the bags, then add dirt. It makes planters a little lighter to hang up. Would work with any kind of large container
- —Guest joanie
Use of Old Pillars
- When we broke down our old house building, we used the sculpted pillars to make 2 arches, a 4' high pedestal and 4 garden seats. Every time we go into the garden, we remember how the verandah of the old house looked with the imposing pillars.
- —Guest Ginny
Recycle Ornamental Grasses
- In February, our clumps of tall ornamental grasses are cut down. We wrap a bungee cord around their waist and use a chain saw horizontally, a few inches above ground level, to make this uncomfortable job easier. Then we run these dried stalks through the chipper, yielding a lovely-textured, chipped straw. This is applied as mulch in vegetable beds. When the growing season ends, the straw mulch is raked off and goes into the compost bin as a layer of "carbon", recycling the grasses a second time. I like this strategy so much I am just on the verge of asking my neighbors if I can cut down their grasses, too. :>)
- —Guest waking dream
Lawn Mower Cart
- I took the motor off of an old rusty non-working push lawn mower and painted it white. I use it to haul heavy things to my garden. When not in use I just set a potted plant on it for decoration, saves space in my shed.
- I have recycled old garden boots or wellingtons as containers for growing chives which are thriving beautifully.I have also used the circular metal covers of the house fan as planters.
- —Guest inese lewis
- My husband threw out a padded long gun case that had a broken zipper. His trash=my treasure! I rescued it and use it as a kneeler in the garden. It is long so I don't have to keep getting up and repositioning it as I move along a row of flowers or work area. Cushy deal!
- —Guest love2g8
Plastic Bag Encore Performance
- Any plastic bag that comes into our household must earn its keep with multiple uses. Our favorite routine is usage #1 for food storage, usage #2 as a kitchen-scrap collector on the way to the compost pile and usage #3 is for picking up after the dog. With this hierarchy, there is no water wasted for rinsing bags between steps 1 and 2 or 2 and 3 - it's not needed. A plastic bag that can "take a licking and keep on ticking" maximizes its value and keeps extra plastic out of landfills. Of course ideally, there would be zero plastic bags going to the landfill and I'm working on it!! Until I get there, I am using each bag in three different ways before it is tossed.
- —Guest waking dream
Small Size Composting
- I use a 16 oz whipped topping container as a kitchen composting collection container. After using the topping I washed it out & dried the outside, then I applied vinyl contact paper that matches my counter top so it blends in with the color scheme of my kitchen. I put all my kitchen waste in it (eggshells crushed, lemon peels, veg. peels, etc.) I keep it tightly closed with the lid & empty it in my flower beds & garden then mix it in the soil. It has worked great so far.
- —Guest Cathy
See Thru Compost Container
- Wrap Tomato Cages with chicken wire, secure with Bread Bag Ties (recycled). Monitor condition of your compost as you go.
- —Guest Sandra Cerda
Old Dryer Sheets to Cover Holes
- Overlap old dryer sheets at the bottoms of containers, before filling with soil mixtures, to prevent soil leakage and waste. Old Coffee Filters work also.
- —Guest Sandra Cerda
- I re-use the lengths of timber that are used for advertising houses for sale. In the UK they tend to be about 2X2 and between 6 to 8ft long. They are left in the street once a property is sold. I have used them for building my green house and other structures in my allotment
- —Guest vic offredi
Peeled Fruits, Vegetables and Weeds
- I add the peeled skin of fruit and vegetables, mix them with harvested weeds and bury them in the soil. As a result, soil not only get manure but also good yield. It keeps the soil moist, cool and prevents evaporation-transpiration losses.
- —Guest Sultan Muhammad
Office Paper Mulch
- We don't recycle office waste in SC., so I use shredded paper for mulch. You can cover the white shredding with fallen leaves or other mulch if you mind the look. They add no cost and are very effective preventing moisture loss.
- —Guest Rosa Fang