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That you can use a suet feeder to store bits of hair from your hairbrush, dryer lint and scraps of yarn for birds to sue as a nest-building source? See the one I made in my garden for under 2$
How lovely is it to not be slaving over a hot stove today?? I did manage last night to make a yummy apple pie, after a hot session watering in the afternoon :( Pie was my reward, though!
As everyone who loves pretty flowers and yummy edibles knows, you can rack up a ton of money before you even hit the checkstand. So, what can you do for pennies in your garden? You might just be surprised. Here's just a few ideas to get your started:
Recycle your garden supplies. You can paint pots, or glue mosiacs on them, spray paint them with stencils, or decoupage seed packets on them ( be sure to put a clear coat of polyurethane on after).
Move around your garden art for a different look. Group things together in a different area. You'll be surprised at how much you will love the change.
Visit your local Household Hazardous Waste Center. In our area this is run by the Fire Department. They usually have the best-kept secret, a Second Chance Store, where they offer household items such as paint, household cleaners, automotive oil and supplies, and gardening fertilizers and enhancements. These items especially can be expensive and you can get it all for free!
Another resource is building supply second chance stores. Many of the non-profits (such as Habitat for Humanity) have these type of places when they demolish a home, where they sell used building supplies at a heavy discount. (For example, an interior door would go for around $5.) Construction businesses will also donate to these non-profits, who will in turn pass the treasure to you.
Don't forget construction sites. You will need to talk to the Foreman and ask permission, but they are great resources for free wood scraps that are perfect for small craft projects in the garden, or firewood for your outdoor firepit.
Share your extra plants with a friend. Can't tell you how many times my Mom made a new friend by trading snips of plants with neighbors or friends. Join a garden club.
This is the time to stock up on the end-of-summer sales. Remember that stores merchandise timing is three months ahead, so in July it is really October in the stores. They are anxious to get Halloween items in, followed by Christmas, so they need the shelf space. Be careful of buying annuals who are at the end of their lifecycle; as long as you aware they will only last a month or so unless you bring them inside, you will be okay.
Compost! Fertilizer is really expensive and this way you will know exactly what is in there. You are just throwing away those items anyway so it is really found money.
Share with a friend! If you get gardening mags or newsletters, even the online ones, share once you are done with them. Share great places to go online, sales you have seen, snips of plants, your extra fruit or veggies, article snipped from the newspaper, etc.
Save seeds from your favorite plants or fruits. Air dry them and put in marked envelopes in a dry place for next season's planting.
Save rainwater or run-off water in barrels or trashcans. Your plants will love having the rainwater later on in winter. Be sure you use a trashcan with a lid that fits to discourage mosquitoes.(Editor's Note: If you missed our blog post on Rain Barrels, you can access it here. It has detailed instructions on how to make a rain barrel from a trashcan.)
Look for local free classes. Each county usually has an Extension Office that provides free or low-cost classes in many areas of gardening, cooking and preserving.
Look online. There are many sites, such as freecycle.org which give away plants and seeds for free.
So now when people say gardening is simply too expensive, you can just smile and smell the flowers!
On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1656 First Quaker colonists land in Boston
1767 John Quincy Adams is born
1804 Aaron Burr slays Alexander Hamilton in a duel
1869 Tall Bull, the prominent leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers is killed
1914 Babe Ruth makes his Major League Baseball debut
1922 The Hollywood Bowl opens
1944 Hitler is paid a visit by his would-be assassin, Count Claus von Stauffenberg, who brought a bomb in a suitcase into Hitler's Headquarters. Hitler was called away at the last moment so the assassination attempt was delayed.
1979 Skylab the space station plummets to earth
2010 'Barefoot Bandit' Colton Harris-Moore is captured after a two-year manhunt
2012 Massive Internet virus set to go off