- 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
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- —Guest MARILYN C.
Cooling my Greenhouse
- Our 100 degree summers make greenhouse growing difficult without air conditioning.I recycled old side panal from evaporative coolers and stacked them to fill a wall in my greenhouse.Ran a water line at the top and used recycled rain gutters as a trough to hold water added a air conditioner float and water,Put a recycled whole house fan at oppisite end of greenhouse and have a very efficient cooling for my greenhouse.
Rickety Old Shelves/Reused as Raised Bed
- In an attempt to recycle everything possible I reused my rickety old metal shelves. Took the shelves out of the center and put them on the side and like magic I had a frame for planting in my raised bed garden.
Reuse Old Blankets to Keep Plants Warm
- During cold snaps I reuse old blankets to wrap around tender plants. I also save old shower curtain liners to use as an additional layer of waterproofing and insulation. After the cold passes I just throw everything in the laundry and it is ready for the next time the cold hits.
- —Guest Juley
Mini Blind Plant Marker
- After a remodel, I repurpose old mini blinds for plant markers. [Note from Marie: Cut them to length at an angle "/", so you have a pointed end to poke in the soil.]
- —Guest Juley
Reusing Terra Cotta Chimney Liners
- I was given a 3 foot tall chimney liner from a house demo. I use this tubular, squared terra cotta piece inside my shed to capture/organize my 4-8 ft. bamboo poles. Previously, stored poles were leaning and falling or taking up too much floor space. The height/weight of the chimney liner makes it stay put as it contains the poles. Because poles are resting on the floor, I can see matching lengths right away and pull out precisely the ones needed. The chimney liner is not exposed to the elements and will last longer. (With an abundance of small, thin bamboo stakes to store, try an old mailbox standing on end, door removed.) The other common use for chimney liners is sinking them into the ground and planting mint in them. However, I did not have good luck with this. The freeze/thaw cycle in my zone 6 garden cracked and splintered all 3 chimney liners, making an even worse mess when I had to dig them up and toss them. Storing bamboo in them is a better option here.
- —Guest Waking Dream
- It's amazing how many people rake their leaves, place in bags and put on curb. I haul them off and use in my garden at no cost. You also have a happy neighbor!
- —Guest roland contreras
- Save all kinds table scraps, not only for your compost pile, but also to compost most of them directly in to your garden during the fall months. Dig everything under as you go along, by spring no need to haul from compost pile to the garden. Water once in a while. Now you can start to plant, either by Seeds or Roots.
- —Guest MARILYN
Good way to water large containers
- Get about a two inch PVC pipe, drill holes from top to bottom about three inches apart. Fill pipe with small gravel,push pipe deep into pot. Pour water into pipe to water roots.
- —Guest Kathy Kinard