Cola Bottles to Green Houses
Greenhouses are, hands down, one of the best investments for any professional gardener. But not all of us have the time, energy, or money. For the rest of us, there are two-liter cola bottles.
As an amazing alternative to the real thing, these mini-greenhouses made from plastic bottles can satisfy the savvy Heights gardener. Head over to this tutorial for more information
Coffee Grounds around Plants Keep Away Pests
What doesn't go together better than coffee and gardening? After sipping on the morning brew for bit, be sure to add the grounds around your acid-loving plants (how to tell if your plants love acid)! Coffee grounds increase the acidity, and add nitrogen to the soil.
Even better, many pests can't stand coffee grounds. Slimy slugs, your neighbor's cat, and even picky deer dislike the smell of coffee.
Tea Aficionados take relief: you can stop by Starbucks (Fairmount Location - 216-229-5531) and ask for grounds. There is a corporate policy to give away grounds for patrons to use for composting and other projects.
Christopher Feran of Phoenix Coffee says, "We do allow customers to pick up grounds, at no charge - and any other leftover grounds (or other compostable materials) are hauled off for reuse by our partners at Rust Belt Riders."
Make Environmentally-Friendly Soap-Oil Spray
Win the war on the fungus among us! Neem (made from the bark, leaves, seed, blossom, and fruit of the Neem tree) is particularly useful in the garden against fungus and aphids. It also has secondary uses including dog shampoo! To make this concoction, you need:
Diapers in Potted Plants Retain Moisture
Don't do this for your edibles! Adding a diaper to an ornamental potted plant in your garden, however, is perfectly safe. You can either shred the diaper for its' hydro-gel, or drop the entire (clean) diaper inside a pot. Check it out!
Milk Jugs Make Great Watering Cans
Stop wasting money on those $10 plastic watering cans! Watch this 2 minute video for a simple presentation on the best way to "upcycle" your milk jugs. Afterwards, watch Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees" for some mid-90s inspiration to get rid of all the fake plastic in your life!
Egg Shells in the Garden
Egg shells are over 95% calcium carbonate, bound together by protein! Commercial manufacturers benefit by re-using egg shells in fertilizers and animal feed. Everyone else just throws it in the garbage disposal. Resolve instead to throw it around your plants, which keeps out slugs and other pests. Use a blender to make a fine-gritted blend or let the shells decompose on their own. Either way, calcium makes strong bones AND strong soil!
Grow Green Onions from the Grocer
We have all participated in that potato science experiment as a kid, realizing that potatoes will remain alive and grow new buds as time goes on. But did you know that you can do the same with greens that you use every week? Green Onions, Romaine Lettuce, Fennel, Leeks will ALL grow, even after being harvested a few times. For best flavor, use soil. More here!
Toilet Paper as Seed Tape
Getting the correct spacing of your plants is one of the most important growth factors. Often, it is always one of the most difficult things to get right! Watch this GardenGirlTV episode to find out how to make your own Toilet Paper Seed Tape.
Stale Beer Stops Slugs
Aww, these poor guys seem to slow to be known as a vicious killer. Don't let their placidity fool you, these suckers will let loose on your garden, leaving holes in your baby plant leaves (and an incriminating trial of slime). Get them before they get you -- with stale beer from the weekend!
Vinegar - Weed Killer!
Off all the wonders vinegar does for the body, is it any wonder that vinegar can make a miracle-mix for weeds as well? Instead of storing up on Round-Up, the next time you're at Dave's Supermarket, grab some white vinegar. It's cheap, and it kills weeds within hours! Add some dish soap to make it "stick" a little longer. Who said natural and frugal can't be fun and effective?