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Posted on 21 April 2013 by

3 Unique Uses for Cardboard in the Garden

Photo Credit: Cardboard boxes by Chris Campbell used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Cardboard boxes by Chris Campbell used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

One may wonder how in the world cardboard could be used in the garden.

Well, it has more uses then you think but before we go on we need to learn about cardboard.

Cardboard comes in many shapes, sizes and types.

The type that needs to be used in the garden is the corrugated type that is not covered in plastic.

This plastic can be tape or the decorative coating that covers many boxes on the outside. This covering informs the buyer what is inside.

The other characteristic of cardboard that one needs is the corrugated type. The reason for this is the glue. Healthy soil organisms will not only eat the cardboard but will delight in the glue, which in most cases is made from animals.

Do not worry about colored ink. The tiny amount of heavy metals that could be released is so small that they do not cause any physical harm to humans.

Once you have the correct cardboard, the next question is Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 19 April 2013 by

Potting Bench: A Great Re-purposing Project

Photo Credit: Salvage #3 by 25kim used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I am a collector of many things.

Some of these items, I question why I collected them from a second-hand store or saved from the landfill.

Others, on the other hand, I know exactly what I am going to do with them when I pick them up. My find of a bathroom sink fell into this latter category.

This sink’s second life began one day when I was taking a walk.

On the side of the road, I saw a glimmer of light. It actually sparkled and glistened in the light.

Being curious, I walked up to see what it was and low and behold, it was a complete bathroom sink and vanity with gold colored hardware and crystal handles. How lucky I was to discover this find and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

I took it home, cleaned it up and noticed that the back was gone. While I was a little disappointed, it did not change my design plan and even worked out better in the end.

The first step in this process is to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 December 2008 by

Growing with Rain Barrels

By Cindy Naas

I think that gardeners have a special responsibility to take care of the land we work on, and finding new ways to preserve resources is one way to care for our earth.

Using an old idea, a rain barrel, is one new way to preserve the local water supply and grow a healthier garden.

Many gardeners find that their plants thrive when watered with the collected rain water which is free of chlorine and unfluoridated.

There are several approaches to saving rain water. You can buy a large rain barrel at many retailers both online and in garden centers.

These have the advantage of being easy to use- simply take home and run a drainpipe directly into the reservoir. However, many rain barrels can be expensive, and some aren’t Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 15 April 2008 by

Gardening on a Budget Part 1: Free Seed Starters

Free Seed StartersBy Michael Nolan

In this installment, we’re going to take a look at a few creative ways to use what you already have instead of buying expensive pots for your container garden.

Egg Cartons
My partner always looks at me funny when I rinse and save my empty egg cartons. When it comes time to start the seeds for a new gardening season, I pull them out, fill them with some nutrient-rich compost and voila!

I’ve got seed starters that didn’t cost me a penny. I did start buying eggs that come in cardboard cartons so that I can simply cut them apart and drop them right in place in my garden.

Toilet Paper & Paper Tower Rolls
Those sturdy paperboard rolls can easily Read the rest of this entry »


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