Using a do it yourself (DIY) approach, you can save money. Here are some ideas for no or low-cost garden tools.
After another subzero winter, most of you are ready to get your gardens started. Getting seeds, tools, soil, and other items can be fun—but it can also get expensive. In this post, we’ll cover some ways you can save money on your gardening gear.
Dollar Store Tools
Don’t ruin your pricey pruner on routine garden tasks. Try a pair of kitchen shears from the Dollar store to clip twine or deadhead old flowers. An added bonus of using Dollar store shears—you leave then in the rain, you won’t lose any sleep.
My Milk Jugs Bring All the Toys to the Yard
An old half gallon milk jug makes for a lightweight scoop. This inexpensive DIY tool is perfect for putting down fertilizer or potting soil. To make the scoop, make diagonal cuts on the sides of the milk jug. make two cuts on the sides next to the handle. This makes for a cheap yet effective hand scoop.
Using your own seeds is economical and great for the environment. for many, it is the only way to get the plant varieties needed for a balanced garden. Using seed flats—shallow trays—are the ticket for basic germination. A plastic one-gallon milk jug can be used to make a small seed flat. Simply cut a one gallon milk jug in half. Then, poke a few holes in the bottom of the lower half with a nail or small drill bit.
A milk jug also makes for a nice and simple greenhouse. Simply cut the milk jug in half and use the top half to cover the plant. You can keep the lid on or off to regulate the temperature. Be sure to remove the milk jug top when the temp get warm—you don’t want to fry your plants.
Protecting your garden from cutworms is very important. The cutworm is a nightly visitor that eats seedlings. A great way to stop cutworms without using chemicals is to place a protective reusable collar around your seedlings. To make these reusable protective collars, simply cut the bottom off of a yogurt container. Place the yogurt collar around the seedling, gently sink the collar in the dirt.
Back In The Day
To put the current cost of gardening in perspective, we want to share with you an old Henderson’s Botanical Gardens catalog. Enjoy!
Check out this video showing how to make milk bottle planters.