If you’re growing an organic garden this spring, or just reviving an old one, it doesn’t mean you need to spend a fortune on tools. Almost everything you need for your garden is in your kitchen!
1. Muffin Tin Grid Maker
To plant perfectly-spaced seeds and plants, press a muffin tin into your soil. Make your grid and get to digging!
2.Spoon Garden Markers
Rather than taking that old silverware to the thrift store, give it new life in your garden! Flatten the spoon with a hammer…
3. Paint ‘Em Pretty
Paint your flattened spoons according to the herbs in your garden. What a pretty and colorful way to mark your work!
4. Or Use Plastic!
Those plastic takeout spoons are easy to rinse and reuse. Paint your spoons according to your mood and stick ’em in your garden.
5. Wine Bottle Edging
Keep the kids from trampling your seedlings with wine bottles. Stick them in the dirt neck first to form a pretty and cost effective path.
6. Waste Not
Forget the compost bin! Adding banana skins to your soil will replenish necessary vitamins to help plants flourish, according to Whole Food Home.
“Once the banana skins have broken down they will add a powerful cocktail of nutrients; calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphates, potassium and sodium, all of which help plants to grow well and develop their fruit.”
7. Open Up A Soda
Using a can opener, remove the lid from a soda can like so…
8. Watch Them Grow!
Add soil and seeds into your cans and watch as they sprout in your garden or on your windowsill. YouTube goddess WhatsUpMoms has the full DIY.
9. Give Your Garden A Drink
Yet another use for empty wine bottles is this self-watering hack. Fill the bottle with water, quickly turn it over and insert it into the soil. This is a great idea if you’re going on vacation and don’t want to come home to dried up, sad plants.
10. Spray Away
Using your favorite colors, spray paint the cans until any logos and text are completely covered.
11. Everything And The Kitchen Sink
Sink into your garden, literally! Have an old sink that would make a cute planter? Rescue it from the landfill by adding a few plants for a shabby chic look.
12. Strainer And Spoon Windchime
Retire that old strainer by hooking spoons onto the base.
13. Keep Critters Out
Bunnies and other produce-nibbling critters will be scared away by plastic takeout forks that you stick in soil alongside budding veggies.
14. Flip It And Fill It
Once complete you can fill the strainer with real or silk flowers for an eclectic, vintage style windchime. Blogger Thrifty Rebel Vintage will give you the step-by-step directions on how to make it happen.
15. Coffee Grounds
After your morning coffee, bring your used grounds out into the garden. Coffee grounds can be added directly alongside soil to give your plants a boost and can act as a “pick-me-up for acid-loving plants,” Whole Food Home writes.
16. Egg Shells
Egg shells provide much-needed calcium to your soil when planted alongside young seedlings. Be sure to dry out your shells for about three days before using! You want them nice and brittle.
17. Colander Planter
A naturally-draining colander can be lined with coffee filters to retain some moisture.
18. Plant And Hang
Add your favorite springtime flowers into the mix and hang. Blogger Mommy’s Kitchen will show you how.
19. Bottle Gardens
If you live in an apartment or a home without much space, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a garden. These hanging bottle gardens from 11eureka are beautiful, simple and effective.
20. Cook Up A Gorgeous Garden
Whether you’re a gardening novice or a planting pro, there’s no doubt these kitchen-meets-soil tips will be useful. Think outside the box and get planting!
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