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
- I put all my veggie and fruit skins, egg shells, even orange skins and paper, all shredded very tiny, into my compost. All go into an ice cream bucket along with old flowers and leaves. At first I use this to mix some soil for potting little plants and then everything goes out after winter, into my veggie garden.
- —Guest Amy Jooste
Recyling Water Bottles for Garden
- I take quart size water bottles or larger. With the smallest drill or heavy pin, make 1 small hole just below cap. Fill with water and shove down into root zone of any plant. Saves water and our precious environment.
- —Guest charles
Coffee for Acid Loving Plants
- I put used coffee grounds at the base of my azaleas and hydrangeas.
- —Guest Becca Goodwyn
- I use my shredded paper as mulch in my vegetable garden.
Repurpose Old Grill as Potting Table
- My husband took the old grill apart and saved the frame. He put boards across the empty space and now I have a table for planting or just working in the garden, it already has wheels.
- —Guest meg12451