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Defining My Garden

My spouse had an old gazebo that was broken so We used the four corners to outline the end of the vegetable garden he dug for me and now I have useful corners that can be used as bean and pea stakes as well as having something pretty to look at when I hang the flower baskets on the ledges
—Guest dont throw out the corners

Mulching with Trimmings

I cut the grass and the weeds, then I spread them to my small shamba (vegetable garden). The grass and weeds prevent new weeds from sprouting and kill the weeds already existing. The killed weeds become manure. Mulching also controls the high rate of evaporation. I then plant the seedlings I prefer for that period and I get good yields for it. [Note: Make sure the trimmed weeds do not have seed heads on them.]
—Guest mary

Zip-lock Bag Dryer

I filled a dish pan with sand (live in Florida) stuck in bamboo pieces, which grow wild here, (approx 2 ft. long) and placed balls of plasticine clay (the air-dry type) on the up-end of the bamboo. I made T-shapes, polo stick shapes and triangles. Let the shapes dry a few days. I hang my newly-washed baggies upside down on these.The triangles held the bottom of the bags open the best, enhancing the drying. A bag garden, unique piece of art, and $$$ saver, as well as recycling tool in one !
—Guest Forest

Packing Peanuts and Recyling Pots

Packing peanuts add air and hold moisture in lower layers of containers. I use nursery pots that can't be recycled as the bottom layer in containers that are deeper than annual roots will need.
—Guest hollya 11

Old Buckets for Growing Potatoes

Buckets with cracks and holes can be re-used by punching holes in the bottom, paint sides, put a few stones in the bottom for drainage, half fill with soil+compost, place old potatoes in and just cover. As potatoes grow, add more soil mix until bucket is full. After potatoes have flowered and died off, empty bucket and you have some new potatoes for your kitchen.
—Guest Penny

Tin Cans and Other Containers

Instead of throwing them away,put soil inside and grow individual plants and they can be moved around to your liking where ever there's space.
—Guest Steve's Breeze

Recycle Nut

I raise several thousand seedlings each year, some in a jalapeno pepper selection trial. By usiing matching plastic cups from parties/church dinners, etc I don't have to put labels on each one. (If it is in a red Dixie cup it is JPT #16, etc.) Because the sixth grade sends gardeners the one block walk to my huge garden I put reject carpet on all my paths, between beds. After a year or two in the garden it is replaced by more discards, goes to the landfill, where it finishes decomposing quickly, & keeps feet clean, paths moist & weed-free, keeps sudents from walking on seedlings & serves in directions "Seed the beans in the furrows along the blue carpet". Any yard owner is welcome to leave bags of leaves in our driveways for the student compost piles, saving the 6 mile round trip & dump fee for the donors. (& increasing the town's interest in the school children's work. Best of all, the four 12 yard dump truck loads of aucton ring manure used this year in our organic garden!
—Guest Ann Carter

Egg Shells

I toast egg shells in a frying fan so that they could be powderized when pounded. After pulverizing, I soak them in water. After 3 days, I used the water to treat blossom rot on my tomato plants. It is very effective.
—Guest Eduardo Macose

Old Toothbrush

I used old toothbrush to remove scale insects on my coffee. I do it once a week until all the insects were gone.
—Guest Eduardo Macose

Tree Leaves

Leaves have many uses. The place where I live has 100++ temperatures throughout the year. I compost all the leaves. After watering , I also use leaves to cover the earthy surface, so that water does not evaporate. Double use for leaves. I use discarded paper, coconut fibre, coconut husk, onion skin and peels, garlic peels, turmeric powder, etc. as compost and herbal insecticide. I use disposable cups, bowls to germinate. Mine is a very very tiny garden!!. I have got guava, pomegranate saplings from discarded seeds
—Guest pras

Egg Shells- More than Just Compost

When I am planting new seeds, I make an egg dish and save the egg shell halves and plant seeds in them. Free biodegradable germination cups!!!
—Guest macy

Reusing Old Bird Netting

When I bought new bird netting for my raspberry crop, I cut smaller pieces from the old netting and placed it over trays of seedlings hardening off outside. This prevents birds from pecking at seedlings or stealing damp soil for nesting mortar (a big problem here with Robins). Netting allows sun, rain and breezes to permeate. Larger pieces of used bird netting were wrapped around the trunk of my dogwood tree, also known as the “Squirrel Highway”. Netting was secured with twine interwoven and tied loosely. Incoming squirrels in the top of the dogwood set to steal birdseed/suet or freshly planted peas refuse to cross this barrier as they descend the tree trunk. Squirrels entering over the fence-line refuse to run up this tree to escape as my faithful guard dog, Jasmine, chases them. They come less often because there is no clear escape route. The “ruffle” of bird netting has been an effective squirrel baffle in both directions.
—Guest Waking Dream

Recycling Chairs

I had 4 old rattan chairs that were very old.The last 2 yrs. I I have used them for outside sitting and then gave 2 away. The ladies I gave them to, along with myself are using them as planters.We removed the seats and then put chicken wire there. Stabilized the wire, put in coconut liners , soil, then anything you like to plant.
—Guest Judith

A Perfect Dish Garden

I lined a no longer used television satellite dish (the large ones people use to have) with landscape cloth, filled it with dirt and planted herbs - in the center I put a gazing globe. It's a very attractive, perfectly round, "dish" garden!

Recycling Fencing

If you have a plastic fence around your property & sometimes have to cut it to fit, use the left over parts to put around smaller plants for support as they grow. If using Caps,turn upside down, insert side holes for twine & create bird feeders.

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