Wednesday, May 23, 2012

One Woman's Trash Is Another's Treasure

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

I found this awesome book at the local Cracker Barrel Restaurant while browsing the store, waiting for a table to open up.

I've already been composting for years, but actually scored a few new creative pointers regarding what goes into the heap.

If you love to garden and hate to throw anything away, this is the book for you. Not only will you save cash, you'll find tips to saving time, and we all need more of that.

Anyway, I wanted to grow cantaloups in an area with bad soil, all packed down and concrete hard. And I didn't want to work at I found out that I could take an old tire (the one that I have to pay to dispose of) and grown the melon right inside. Granted it isn't the most attractive container, so I wouldn't plop it in my front yard, but once the vines start spreading, I bet no one will even see the tire.  And it was so not labor intensive.

Here are more tips from the book:
  • Use those old knitting needles to frame your tender transplants. Stick them in the four corners and make a spider-web maze with scraps of yarn. Kitty won't cross the line.
  • A screwdriver is perfect for cleaning weeds out of the cracks in your driveway or patio.
  • Old straw hats make fun plant containers. Line with black plastic, slash a few drainage holes in the bottom, and voila.
  • Make a hanging basket by lining a colander with landscape fabric or panty hose (remember those).
  • Perk up your annuals with a refreshing cup of leftover tea - herbal or traditional.
  • Have any stale nuts (unsalted) or a tiny bit of oatmeal, cornmeal, or grits in the bottom of the container? The birds will like it.
  • Wonder what to do with Fido or Fluffy's brushed fur? Instead of tossing the contents of the grooming brush, put it in a mesh bag and hang from a tree for nesting material.
See, aren't those cool? Do you have any household or gardening tips to share?