Reusing, recycling and upcycling is a wonderful way to save money and help reduce waste. With more than half of Australians in lockdown right now and many more people around the world, now is the time to use what you already have on hand at home.
Here are some great ideas for growing a garden without going out to buy things.
* Dig up the ground you have to make a garden bed. Raised garden beds are wonderful but not necessary for growing flowers and veggies.
* Save your own seeds. Have a look at the veggies you have in your fridge crisper. Seeds can easily be saved from tomatoes, cucumbers, pumpkins and zucchinis ( if large enough to have seeds ). Even the wrinkly potatoes in the pantry can be planted if they have sprouted. If you have flowers in the garden, wait for them to form seed pods then save the seeds for next season.
* Take cuttings from your plants, shrubs and trees in the garden.
* Cut up icecream or yoghurt containers to make garden markers for your newly planted seeds and seedlings.
* Use cut up old socks to tie up wayward plants.
* Use pruned, straight branches as garden stakes for your plants.
* Use your kitchen scraps to start a compost heap. If you don't have room for a compost heap then dig the kitchen scraps straight into the garden.
* Old buckets, icecream containers, foam boxes, heavy duty plastic bags / enviro shopping bags , milk crates ( lined ) and old plant pots make excellent little gardens.
* Use toilet rolls to plant your seeds in. When the seeds have grown tall enough, plant the toilet roll with the plant to reduce transplant shock.
* Grass clippings and weeds can be turned into fertiliser. Place then in a bucket and cover with water. Let it stand for a week or two and drain the liquid into another container. Dilute it right down with water before using ( do a Google search for correct ratios ).
* Need a mini greenhouse to start your seeds ? Use the plastic cover from a doona / sheet set.
* Poke holes in a water bottle lid to make a seedling watering can ( of sorts ).
|Recycled bricks for the path|
|Cutting up old socks|
|Bedding packaging greenhouse.|