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Edible Gifts 08/07/2010

Filed under: Cool Finds,DIY,Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 3:49 am

A few issues ago, I discovered the magazine called “Fresh HOME – Easy Ideas For Hands On People”.  Since I began reading it, their website has been under construction and I haven’t been able to access a project I’ve really wanted to put up on here. Well, I’m tired of waiting so I just scanned the page.  NOTE: I adjusted the brightness/contrast of the image to make the text easier to see–the scan wasn’t the best quality.

The craft is simple and really cool – I’d be impressed if I discovered a gift from the garden like this hanging on my door.

 

Gardening & Ikea’s New Catalog 08/04/2010

Filed under: Cool Finds,Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 6:05 am

I’m always on the lookout for cheap and fun plant containers and supplies.  So, when I found out that Ikea has a new catalog, I thought I’d take a peek to see what they have to offer.  Let me just say that it is a good thing that the store closest to me is a good drive away.  Otherwise, I’d have been there buying lots of things I don’t have space for. These four are only a few of the cool things they’ve got.  And what I really like are the fair prices.

BIGARRÅ Plant pot with saucer

BLADET 3 plant pots with 1 tray

BJURÖN Plant pot

GRAPEFRUKT Plant pot

 

Cheap and Easy Ideas 07/17/2010

Filed under: Thrifty — Sarah Wehrle @ 4:30 am

I’ve noticed that even in the lower priced stores, garden supplies seem a bit pricey for what they are.  Knowing there were alternatives out there, I began to research and found several cheap and easy gardening  ideas.  I’m annoyed that I’ll have to wait until next spring to try some of these!

"YouGrowGirl.com" TP Roll Seed Starting Method

  • Forget seed starting kits and peat pellets! Starting sturdy seeds is just as easy and changing the toilet paper roll!
  • Have small plants that need just a little support?  Use chopsticks! They’re already tapered for easy soil insertion. Plus, many of us already have them lying around from ordering takeout.
  • Milk jugs and other plastic containers with holes poked in the cap make pretty good

    My very own potted plant fence.

    watering jugs. Just make sure the lid’s on tight or you might have a flood when you expected a sprinkle.

  • Don’t buy border fencing right away.  Try using tall plants in pots as deterrents to keep your plants safe from people and animals. This works well for small spaces and gardens that only need protection from a single side (i.e. next to the front walk)

IDEAS I CAN’T TAKE OR GIVE CREDIT FOR (Where did I learn these? I can’t remember.)

  • Ants don’t like crossing chalk lines! Have potted plants on a hard surface? Draw a border around them with chalk!
  • Use old aquarium water to water your plants! It’s loaded with good stuff the dirt will love.
  • Use beer in a shallow container to entice and drown slugs.
 

 
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