Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-Repurposing in the Garden

We're big on recycling here.
We also like using what we have or can acquire easily and free cheaply.
Free is best and so we often check out what our neighbors
have lying in their recycle bins.
It just makes sense to use what's available.

Everyone has toilet paper rolls.
We make seedling pots out of them.
When these eggplant are ready for transplanting,
the whole kit and caboodle goes into the ground.

I recently discovered that I can eat yogurt,
so plenty of those containers are around to be reused.

Tin cans and discarded pots allow for more seed starting!

The containers that strawberries come in
act as a mini-greenhouse to aid in germination.
Each night they are closed and the next morning
sometimes wee green ones greet the day!

This white tray was fashioned from a large water jug
(the kind with the spout that sits on the counter).
It was halved (lengthwise) and now it keeps the seedlings organized
and can also be used to fertilize from the bottom
(just add the fertilizer and dunk in the strawberry trays).

 These plant markers were made from duct tape and drinking straws.
We showed you how we did it here.

This mini-fence was constructed out of baling twine and
some branches from a bush that was removed from the garden.
Branches work well for lots of things,
including stakes, borders for a planting bed, or trellises.

This plastic coffee container
(acquired from a neighbor's bin)
houses our daily produce scraps.
It's kept in the freezer until it gets emptied into the garden.
We utilize direct composting,
so the contents  are buried a few times per week.

When a clay pot breaks, not to worry.
We save the shards to use for drainage in containers.
Sometimes the drainage hole is just a bit too big
and most of the water will run out.
Just adding a piece of a broken pot
keeps the moisture in a bit longer.
We've even used them as bird feeders.

Using what you have on hand is an aspect of homesteading
that comes naturally to us.
We like that just fine.

A Bowl Full of Lemons



  1. Daisy, awesome ideas for recycling things that every gardener would contemplate throwing away. Soon the seedlings will begin their journey to maturity outside. The weather is just not air temperature where it should be yet. Today is 45 with drizzle. For the next four days the temperatures will be blow freezing. I've totally given up on trying to save the cabbage plants that I planted 10 days ago. They were just not able to with stand the lower 20s for that many days in a row, even with covering. Such is spring volatile weather in Nebraska.

    Have a great thrifty Thursday.

  2. The good news is, seeds can be started anew. Sending warmer temps your way...

  3. Wonderful ideas for recycling!! I always learn something new from you. :)

  4. Great post we use tp tubes too!

  5. I love it! It looks like my greenhouse - except I haven't tried the toilet paper tubes yet. I think I need to. Otherwise, I've got yogurt containers, tin cans, you name it. I also keep my pot shards and, for bigger pots, I use pinecones on the bottom. I seem to have a never ending supply of pinecones dropping from my neighbor's trees.

    1. Pinecones are a wonderful idea! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. This a a great list of repurposing ideas. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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    1. The pleasure was mine. Thanks for the invite!

  7. You always have so many ideas on upcycling. A great way to use that which could just be tossed. Love these ideas.

    1. In our world, frugal is not a four-letter word. ;0)


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