For the Birds
- I save lint from dryer and put out for birds to put in their birdhouses and nests. Makes a soft bedding for the babies.
- —Guest zelda
- I save empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I cut the TP rolls in thirds, fill with potting soil and plant seeds. Then the whole thing gets planted when time. The paper decomposes and doesn't cost anything extra.
- Use 3 tires. Place a tire on worked soil. Within the ring of the tire fill with water. In the middle of the tire plant 3 to 5 seed potatoes. When the plants are a couple inches high cover with soil and plant 3-5 more seed potatoes. Place the second tire over the first. Add the water in the ring and wait for the plants to emerge again. Then copy the pattern with the third tire and planting. Water when needed. When the summer is over and it is time to harvest you remove the tires and you will have up to 50 gal. of potatoes setting on the ground to pick up. [Note from Marie: Although there is little research on what tires leech into the soil and modern tires are generally considered safe to use, they do degenerate over time. It's a good idea to replace them, after a few years.]
- —Guest June Thornton
Mini Greenhouse for Seed Starting
- Cut large milk jugs, 2 inches up from the bottom. Plant seeds, mist, and force the top back on. Remove the cap for ventilation, once sprouted.
- —Guest Dyan
- Old frames from lampshades, painted green, and sometimes with wire wrapped around, hold peonies, etc.
- —Guest Dyan
Water the Roots
- Recycle plastic milk bottles by cutting a hole in the bottom. Plant with your thirsty plants and water via the bottle, it'll go straight to the roots. If weather is very hot, put the cap (or a stone) over the hole you've cut, it'll prevent evaporation. Growth will soon disguise the bottle and when its plant dies back, it'll tell you where it is.
- —Guest Lynne Teasdale
- I always sprinkle some lime to my composting. Keeps down the odor, if there is any, also it is good for the compost.
Top Soil inRecycle Bin
- I put a small amount of top soil or compose into my recycle bins occasionally. It provides additional microbials for speeding up the decomposition of plant materials and absorb some bad odor during the decomposition process.
- —Guest Kam Fok
New life For Used Toothbrushes
- I use old toothbrushes for cleaning up some dirty pots , saucers, or concrete blocks.
- —Guest Kam Fok
Making a Garden 'Bed'
- My garden tip is that I found a black wrought iron bed head and foot board for $5 at a garage sale. I put one at the back of my garden and the other at the front and let vines grow on them. They are a hit with my neighbors.
- —Guest Carrol
- When I empty and clean the hummingbird feeder, rather than throwing away any leftover nectar, I use it in my wasp trap as an attractant.
Recycled Pet Water
- When giving fresh water to my pets, I empty the old water into my flower garden.
- —Guest annette
- I get 6 newspapers every day. I don't even bother to shred them, but put them down in thick layers between vegetable rows. By the following spring, they usually have decomposed completely. I also have huge black trash cans that we throw all kitchen waste other than meats into. I use 4 of them and have compost year round.
- —Guest MidMom8949
Take Cuttings for More Plants
- Get a head start on summer, plus save money & time by making cuttings of your favorite plants by rooting in water over winter.
- —Guest lyn sieffert
Reusing Onion Bag Netting
- My dog's water bowl turns into a Robin's birdbath in April. Dumping the muddied water and refilling her bowl repeatedly became a nuisance. I used a net bag from onions and stretched it halfway across the bowl, tucking the tail below the bowl. This leaves 50% of the surface exposed for the dog to drink but prevents robins from fitting into the water bowl and ruining it. Now the robins and the dog and I can more peacefully coexist in the Eden that is my garden.
- —Guest wakingdream