Lay down six layers of newspaper before covering with soil or mulch for a biodegradable weed and grass barrier for no-dig gardens.
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Trim excess costs by using kitchen shears for everyday pruning, scored from the dollar store, instead of expensive pruning shears.
Easily carry garden tools around your garden with an old dishpan, which can also double as a portable potting bench.
Keep knees comfy and clean with a portion of excess carpet while you do your gardening duties.
Leave an empty, clean tuna can (top removed) in your garden to measure how much water your precious plants are getting each week.
Tuck your tender leaves in at night with an old blanket to keep the cold air from stripping heat from the leaves.
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Mark vegetation with a clean Popsicle stick so you know what and where every variety dwells in your garden.
"Recycling and reusing plastic containers [around your home] helps divert valuable materials from the landfill and can save you money in the process," says Leslie Segrete, home improvement expert and featured spokesperson on plasticsmakeitpossible.com. "Reducing our waste of plastics is a great way to keep Mother Nature happy."
And, of course, plastics are just the beginning -- so get creative using recycled items as low-cost garden tools. With a little inspiration and a green thumb for gardening, chances are you'll never look at an empty milk jug the same way again!
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