Thrifty Gardening Tips (Reuse it!)

More on thrifty gardening!

Look at some of the containers that you throw away on a daily basis. Can they be reused in any way to help cut down on the cost of gardening?

How about milk jugs, plastic juice bottles or plastic soda bottles? Any of them can be used as a watering system. Just punch some holes into them. I recommend know how deep your plant roots are and punching the holes accordingly. Dig a hole near your plant(s) and bury the jug in the soil and just leave the top lid part exposed. Now fill with water. Instead of the water sitting on top of the soil, it is now at root level and will seep in as needed.

Got some of those plastic take out containers (the ones with the clear plastic lids)? Those are perfect for miniature greenhouses! Start your seedlings in them. You can do this all year long. Plants getting a little to tall? Use the plastic cake trays with the high dome lids.

So what are you going to do with all those Styrofoam trays that come with meat or veggies and fruits? How about breaking them up and putting them in the bottom on a pot before you plant. They will provide drainage for your plants.

Oh, look under that coffee table in the you see that stack of newspapers? Whatcha gonna do with them? How about making them work for you in the garden? I don't know about you but, weeds breed faster than bunnies at my house! Before you lay your mulch down, spread several layers of newspaper down. I am staking my papers down because we live by the lake and have major winds. After you are done with your newspaper, lay your mulch. This is a big time saver when it comes to weeding your garden!

Still have a paper pile? Crunch up some paper and add that to the bottom of your pots before planting.

What about all the paper cups you get from your drinks at fast food places? those also make a great plant starter pot. Especially the ones that come from ice cream stops. You know the ones, with a dome lid...think mini-mini greenhouse.

Want mulch? Want FREE Mulch? check out your local tree cutting service and ask if you can have some of the wood chips. When you are out and about keep an eye out for city workers cutting down trees. Stop and ask if you can have some wood chips. Remember keep a tarp, large garbage bags to load it up in.

Check with friends, family or neighbors about getting cuttings from their established plants. I know that I am always dividing my herbs and am happy to give them away to someone who wants some. Also check your neighborhood newspaper for "free plant exchanges". These are becoming more and more popular.

Got an old trash can or some other container? Use it as a rain bucket to capture free water. Cut out a milk jug and turn it into a water scoop (keep the lid on...LOL). If you live in a mosquito-topolis like I do, once it stops raining put a lid on the rain barrel otherwise, standing water is the favorite breeding ground for the nasty little pests!

Got a neighbor moving? Stop buy and ask if you could take some cuttings from their plants. They also may be looking to get rid of some of their yard tools before moving. You might find a bargain!

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