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Reuse Recycle Refresh In the Garden & Down the Plot

ALL SORTS OF (HOPEFULLY) USEFUL IDEAS TIPS & TRICKS FOR GARDENING & ALLOTMENT USE

Stuff you can re-use (and how) 

1. Waste paper/cardboard (Remove labels & fastenings before use) 
(a) Lining pots/trays.
(b) On the compost heap.
(c) In trenches.
(d) Making compost able pots.
(e) Use sheets of paper as a mulch. Place around plants, water well & keep down with a little soil.
(f) Save your cardboard tubes from toilet rolls for pots or plant collars.
(g) Save cardboard containers/tubes, i.e. from Pringles, use as plant collars.

2. Plastic bottles
(a) As cloches, cut out the base. 
(b) Plant collars, cut several pieces from each bottle. 
(c) Protecting Sweetcorn cobs.
(d) Slug traps. (small coke bottle size) cut top off bottle, approx 4 inches down, invert the cut off piece & insert it into the body of the bottle. Add beer or lager to the trap & place it on its side on the ground, ensuring the liquid can't run back out & is not close to the inverted top of the bottle.
(e) Use the bottles with spray tops attached as sprayers after cleaning them out.
(f) Use as stops on top of canes sticks etc.
(g) Keeping liquids in?
(h) Use as plant pots.
(i) As down pipes on your shed/greenhouse (join a few together).
(j) Roll up your seed packets loosely, drop them into a bottle & place the   bottle over sticks at the ends of your rows of seeds.     
(k) Fill with water & use for weighing down netting etc.
(l) Hanging baskets, cut off the base, fill with potting compost, hang upside down & adjust the screw top (tight or loose) to prevent water logging.
(m) Use as funnels.
(o) Use as plant protectors whilst spraying weeds. 
(p) Use as plant markers.
(q) Use as bird feeders. Cut holes in the sides & slots with sticks pushed through for perches then hang the bottles up filled with seeds.
(r) Use as a scoop (cut the bottle from just below the handle to the opposite side at its base & remove the
cut piece.


 

Old Pallets and Lengths of Wood
(a) Pallets make adequate compost or manure bins.
(b) Cut to various sizes & use for edging along borders/paths.
(c) Build a shed from pallets (I did). Old door frames make good frameworks.
(d) Build bird boxes.
(e) Construct planters.
(f) Fix a pallet/s (on end) to the inside of your shed wall to store tools in.
(g) Cut pieces of old wood to shape and use as pegs.
(h) Make cold frames from old timber, pallets & unwanted shed panels.
(i) Use old wooden handles from tools as dibbers.
(j) Cut several lengths of wood to different lengths. Write its length on each piece & use for plant spacing.
(k) Make garden/allotment furniture from old pallets.
(l) Lay pallets level on top of bricks/blocks as a base for a shed. 

Miscellaneous Items & Their Uses
(a) Leaky hose,  make more holes in it & use as a soaker hose.
(b) Old pieces of hose, slit length ways & use around bucket handles or similar to protect your hands.
(c) Plastic supermarket/shop trays, use as seed trays, re-cycle after use, saves time cleaning your bought trays out.
(d) Kitchen waste, put it on your compost heap.
(e) Used tea bags, either compost them (they contain approx 3% potash) or add a couple of drops of either albas oil or eucalyptus oil to each bag & spread them around your garden/allotment to deter cats.
(f) Shoe boxes or similar, make several holes in the base. Fill with potting compost &/or soil. Sow Pumpkin seeds into them. Place the boxes on your manure heap up to their rims (extra heating). Keep watered & if you need to use the manure (before the Pumpkins have rooted into it) you can move the boxes to another part of the manure heap. Boxes will rot away, job done.
(g) Reclaimed baths & sinks use for planters, containers or ponds.
(h) Use old C.D.'s as bird scarers (hang them up around the garden or allotment)
(i) Reclaimed double glazing panels make good cloches/cold frames.
(j) Reclaimed glass shelving from various sources can be used as cloches.
(k) Use old net curtains to shade cold frames or greenhouses.
(l) Old wellies make good planters, especially if they have holes in the soles.
(m) Polystyrene packaging from various sources can be used as pots/trays.
(n) Keeping your seeds in a shed or other outbuilding? Make sure they are safe from rodents, keep them in an old biscuit tin or similar. Mice etc can chew through cardboard & plastic containers to get at seeds.
(o) Keep some of those branches after pruning trees. Make a log pile in your garden or on your allotment to attract wildlife.
(p) Collect leaf mould, it is a good form of compost.
(q) Keep those plastic food containers with hinged lids. They make good propagators.
(r) Cut up aluminium cans & use as plant markers (scoring them).
(s) More plant markers, make them from broken plastic/vinyl blinds. Keep the cords too, as plant ties.
(t) Save those pieces of string, ribbon, shoe laces etc use as plant ties.
(u) Throwing away that wide brimmed straw hat, use it as a hanging basket.
(v) Unwanted cutlery makes handy tools (i.e. pricking out seedlings with a teaspoon).
(w) Use unwanted tights for hanging up your onions in.
(x) Tights can also be used for lagging those outdoor water pipes.
(y) When pruning trees/shrubs use appropriate sized branches as pea sticks.
(z) Broken or worn out Bungee Straps. Remove the strap from the metal hook, twist a piece of garden cane into the spring part of the hook & use as pegs. (I think this is an original one by me. If not I'm sure someone will tell me)!!    







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