From the article: Frugal Gardening
A garden with a sense of age always has more charm than a garden that looks just planted. Using recycled objects in the garden is a great way to add instant age and appeal. It's also a great way to save money and resources. Let us in on how you recycle objects in your garden. Share Your Tips
- I use an old vita mix container to collect produce scraps, add water and pulverize to put on the garden. Also, in NM composting is slow going due to dry weather. In the spring, I take any uncomposted refuse and put them in a chicken wire bin with soil. I plant corn and squash, adding the plot to the drip system. At end of season, the pile of refuse is completely composted by the veges.
- —Guest bamboo
To let/for sale signs
- the to let/for sale sign posts are usually supported on long lengths of wood. I have made use of many for basic construction, making all sorts of basic frame works on our allotment. The basic structure of the green house is of this recycled material.
- —Guest vic offredi
Mulch and Mums
- When I lived in Tenn. I used egg shells and coffee grinds for mulch in my Iris bed. Now I live in NJ and do not use a coffee brewer but eat eggs. I save the shells, break them down and still put them on my Irises. They still love them. They had beautiful blooms this year and my next batch is getting ready to go out. Also I found that people around here throw away there potted mums when they are finished blooming. I go around town on trash day and pick them up, cut them back dig a trench in my garden and cover them over with leaves, in the spring they start to put out leaves and this year I planted them along the front walk way. Beautiful to look at this time of year with the vibrant colors. Every one loves my mum hedges.
- —Guest Cheryl
Mini Blind Plant Markers
- I use old mini blinds to put the name of each plant on they work great.
- —Guest Greg
- I put 2/3 full newspapers in the bottom of my window boxes & flower pots they are great for water retention & can also be used in flower baskets.
- —Guest Kay 123
Egg Shells in the Compost
- I collect all the egg shells for my compost in a small paper lunch bag and when about half full, I flatten the bag with a rolling pin, rolling over the bag and crushing the shells. Then I throw it all into my compost, bag and all. This way, I save my hands from the sharp edges of the shells and those sharp edges break down the paper somewhat and that helps with composting.
- —Guest lisakaye551
Row Markers for Seed Beds
- I cut 3 inch strips of index card and write the name of the seeds and the date. Brush both sides with fingernail polish. Put a plastic fork in the ground (with the tines up) and lace the name plate through. Makes great row markers.
- —Guest Granny Jan
Roofing Shingle Edging
- I use roofing shingles for flowerbed edging. I insert the split parts under the mulch and the other half out so the lawnmower can run over it and it looks nice
Newspaper Weed Control
- I use newspaper for weed control in my garden. Layer the paper around your plants after planting and then put lawn clippings on top; it will stop weeds and decompose making compost for better soil.
- —Guest patty blevins
Old Utensils as Plant Markers
- At my office there were about 15 old utensils that had gone into disuse, since we started using plastic. I collected them and used a black and silver Sharpie to turn them into plant markers. I help a lot of the employees with their office gardens and made some for each of them.
- Used tires as planters: I got the kids to paint a used tire and used an old plastic tray as a bottom. I perforated the tray for drainage, filled with soil and planted nasturtiums- made a very pretty picture.
- —Guest arti chaturvedi
Impromptu Plants Stakes
- In addition to chopsticks, wooden skewers come come in handy for supporting small plants AND poking wholes for seeds.
Raised Garden Bed Idea
- After a renovation, we had four doors to get rid of. They cluttered the garden for a while then I had a brainwave. We joined them together to create a huge raised vege garden. We put the decorative scroll pattern screen door at the front. We have been using it successfully for five years now with no problems. We love it.
- —Guest Vivienne
Recycled Tub in the Garden
- I have taken an old bath tub & turned it into a raised bed. I grow vegs, flowers, etc. in it. It makes a great square foot garden.
- —Guest michael rosner
Dripping Water for Birdbaths
- To draw birds to my birdbath, I freeze water in a pint plastic milk carton with the handle and hang it on a feeder pole above my bird bath. Put a small hole in the bottom of container and the water will drip slowly as it melts.This drip will attract many birds for a cool drink or bath.
- —Guest ccbloom_rn2
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