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Upcycle These Household Items in your Garden

May 13, 2015
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Diane Hoffmaster

Upcycle items in your garden 

Gardening is a lot of fun and a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s a great outdoor hobby that gives us a way to get some exercise and provides us with food for our kitchen table.  However, it isn't always cheap! There are so many things that we HAVE to spend money on when we start gardening, that it is always nice to find a way to cut costs when we can. Learning to upcycle things from our home for use in the garden is a great way to cut costs without sacrificing harvest. Here are a few things you may find around your home or at garage sales that you can re-use in your garden this spring!

1.    Milk jugs: Wash the inside with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Using a knife or sharp tool, carefully poke holes throughout. Fill the jug with water and tightly secure the top. You now have a 'sprinkle' top watering can.

2.    Extra metal spoons: Simply flatten the spoons with a hammer, paint the tops, and write the names of your garden plants on them. Voila! Now you don't have to wonder where each plant is. If you don’t have any spare spoons at home, visit your local dollar store or check out a garage sale near you.

3.    Coffee grounds: Fold used coffee grounds into the soil to add nutrients for your plants. Not only are they rich in nitrogen, but they also contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals.

4.    Egg shells: Rinse these out and let dry. Crumble them around the base of plants to prevent slugs from eating your garden.

5.    2-Liter Soda Bottles: Remove the label and rinse out the inside. Carefully, cut off the bottom 4-inches of the bottle using a razor blade or scissors. Place over fragile seedlings to protect them from any frost.

6.    Egg cartons: Fill the holes of the egg carton with dirt and add seeds. Water as needed. When your seeds are ready to plant in the garden, just cut the cups of the egg carton apart and plant the entire thing!

7.    Old CDs: Hang old CDs from a thread above your garden plants to scare off deer, rabbits, and other garden eating critters.

8.    Glass Pie Dish: Fill an old pie dish with small stones and place in your garden near some brightly colored flowers. Add enough water to almost cover the stones but not quite. This is a wonderful way to attract pollinators to your garden since they need shallow puddles to drink from.  

What items have you upcycled in your own garden?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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