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
Recycling a Tree Stump
- When a storm blew my old plum tree down, I was left with large a stump; it was too big to burn. The center was rotten, so I hollowed it out, and now I am using it for a planter.
Plastic Soft Drink Cups
- Disposable plastic soft drink cups can be reused for growing seedings or small plants. Just punch a hole at the bottom with a power drill, put a small piece of tissue in and fill it with potting soil it should be ready for use.
- —Guest Kam Fok
Recycle (plastice used medical tubes)
- Need ties? Try used medical breathing tubes, they are soft & carry air. One can poke holes in them for watering & they can be used for many different ways in a home garden. My hubby is a handicap VA Vet & has COPD & must breath thru these tubes at night. So I have plenty of them & will not throw them away. Use your "thinking" cap for ways to use them, saves money in the long run. Enjoy! Marilyn
- —Guest MARILYN C.
- Instead of building or making a compost pit made of lumber or a large drum, try using your old or used chicken wire. I have been using chicken wire and it is very easy to make. Just get yourself a 2m width and 1m length chicken wire, roll it to form a cylindrical body and attach ends of wire on the body at least 3-4 squares beyond the intersection, make it stand and voila! You have a compost pit in an instant. you can make this in less than half an hour, no other materials to be needed. This material makes it easy for you to observe what is going on with your compost, and address what is needed like turning, too much water or if it is too dry or needs watering.
- —Guest rowellyn sales
Regardless of who won the election...
- You can use up those wire-framed signs leftover after every campaign, cluttering the landscape. Peel off the candidate’s name and place the stiff, U-shaped wire frame next to a stand of leaning perennial stalks. The wire blends in while it holds up the plants against wind and weather. Frames are reusable for many seasons. Three frames can be fastened to each other in a triangular corral, making for a tidy clump of perennials.
- —Guest waking dream