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11-01-2010, 12:26 PM
In case you have never thought of it:

1. Egg boxes, yoghurt pots and juice boxes can be used as plant pots, (you can make a hole in the bottom of pastic pots with a hot poker) and toilet paper rolls in a tray can be used to grow sweetpeas.

2. Broken up polystyrene can be put in the bottom of large, heavy pots to help drainage.

3. Half a pop bottle can be used as a cloche on seedlings.

4. Cut-up white washing-up bottles and lolly sticks can be used as plant labels.

5. Orange bags can be used as melon supports.

6. An old spoon and fork can be used as mini trowels, especially good in rockeries.

7. Save envelopes that come with bills or paper bags from prescriptions to collect seeds in.

8. An old kitchen sieve can be used in the the greenhouse to sieve compost.

9. Paint fences with used engine oil to the feed the wood.

10. Shredded newspaper at the bottom of bean trenches can conserve water.


11-01-2010, 12:48 PM
Must admit, I have done most of those things but never painted fence with engine oil although, when you think about it, it makes sense.

11-01-2010, 01:57 PM
Can I just offer a word of warning about tip 2. As good as it is, we have a Jack Russell who likes to get into our plant pots and dig... he dug the polystyrene out and ate it and got very poorly ... the vet bill cost us more than a bag of small stones would have so if you have digging dogs I'd forgo this one!!!!