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Organic Gardening: 7 Things You Can Repurpose to Use in Your Garden

It makes both good sense, and good cents, to grow your own vegetables at home in an organic garden. No matter how much or how little space and/or time you have, you can still plant a container garden and harvest some home grown tomatoes and peppers. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or trying out your green thumb for the first time in organic gardening, try these ideas for 7 things you can recycle to use in your garden.

Food Scraps

Any food items other than meat scraps or grease can be recycled into compost and used to enrich your soil, which in turn feeds plants and enables them to yield a bigger harvest. Used coffee grounds and crumbled egg shells are two of the best soil amendments and can be placed directly on top of the soil (in-ground or container gardens) to nourish plants. Create a small compost pile to toss other food scraps until they decompose into ‘black gold’ then work into garden soil for free and chemical-free compost.

Tin Cans

Large tin cans, like those that spaghetti sauce or juice come in, can be recycled and used as feeding and watering tubes for garden plants. Wash the tin cans and cut both ends. Dig a hole the size of the tin can in the garden soil and place the can in the soil, then plant a few vegetables around the can. Use the open-ended tin can to deliver water directly to plant roots throughout the growing season. Make compost tea to pour in the cans to provide organic food to plants.

Recycled Mulch

Grass clippings and tree leaves (raked during the fall) provide free, organic mulch for vegetable plants. Mulch helps keep the soil cool, retain moisture and discourage weed growth.

Plastic Milk Jugs

Get a head start on the growing season by using clean plastic milk jugs as mini greenhouses. Cut the bottom fourth off a gallon milk jug and place over tiny vegetable seedlings to provide them with protection from the elements and create a greenhouse environment. Remove lid on warm days and replace during cold nights.

Plastic Buckets

Food grade plastic buckets that are used in the deli and restaurant industry are perfect for recycling into harvesting buckets. The size, handles and lids make these buckets perfect for carrying to the garden to harvest fresh produce and for transporting vegetables.

Pantyhose

Many vegetable plants, like tomatoes and cucumbers, need to be staked and tied to keep them off the ground during the growing season. Nothing beats strips of used pantyhose for tying vegetable plants to their support system. Pantyhose stretch and will not cut into tender vines like rope or twine will and the nylon fabric is strong enough to last all summer.

Recycled Support

Tree limbs that have been pruned can be fashioned into a tee-pee for supporting climbing veggies, like cucumbers and sugar snap peas. Old iron headboards, fence posts or shovel handles or other tall, portable items can be given new life in an organic garden as vegetable stakes and trellises to keep produce off the ground.

Jeremy Aarons writes about home improvement, parenting and all things related to being a stay at home dad. Recently, he’s explored his journey earning a sociology degree online while spearheading a communal garden for his neighborhood.

 

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Things To Enjoy In An Organic Garden

An organic garden is a place where you don’t utilize any type of chemical fertilizers to your plants.  Every plant in the garden is nurtured using the natural way and they grow physically healthier than plants fertilized with chemicals.  There are many things you can do in an organic garden, and you will find out that it is fun to work in one.

To grow an organic garden you need to know some of its rules.  The method of planting is basically the same but there are also some distinctive differences when growing an organic garden.  First of all, you have to determine what type of plant you want to grow in your garden.  It can be a flower garden, a vegetable garden or even a garden filled with herbs.  You must set a realistic plan, though.  It is more appropriate to begin growing a small garden because it is easier to manage.  You can always expand it anytime you want in the future.

It is also important to choose an appropriate location to grow your organic garden.  It mainly depends on the type of plants you want to grow in the garden.  If you want to grow a vegetable garden, it is best to select a location where the ground receives sunshine at a minimum of 6 hours daily.  You must also include a proper drainage system in your vegetable garden.  If you decide to grow a flower garden, the most suitable location is where you are able to view the beauty of your garden from the interior part of your home.

You will need some storage space for all the tools and the bulbs, seeds and planting equipment a deck storage box is not likely to be big enough but getting a couple of them may be just enough space and they are easier to use than a shed.

When your organic garden is already matured, it will look really beautiful.  You can even arrange for a wedding gazebo to be placed in your organic flower garden.  The wedding gazebo looks pretty if you put it there as a decoration, but it is also possible to organize a real wedding ceremony if you want to.

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