Fall’s first frost has come to the Pacific Northwest and with it, the beginning of the rainy season. What better way to tuck in the garden for the winter than to provide thirsty plants with rain catchers. Look no further than your recycling bin for 2-liter water bottles and you have half of what you will need to create bottle-mounted watering spikes.
tags: recyclingWeekly Tips | March 22, 2010
Dusting off your gardening gloves? Before you head outside, bring your excess cardboard with you. Cardboard works as a natural weed barrier and can suppress weeds around the base of plants or under gravel, stone, or woodchip paths. This natural alternative to chemical weed controls has many benefits – it lasts a long time and allows some air and water through, which is healthy for the soil underneath.
Styrofoam packing peanuts don't have to be thrown away. Save them for a second use, find a new home for them at participating local businesses, and dissolve corn and plant-based 'peanuts' with water in your yard. Contact the Plastic Loose Fill Council’s Peanut Hotline online or call 1-800-828-2214 for the names of local businesses that reuse them.
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