We are all looking at magazines for ideas on gardens - reading the seed catalogs - and thinking about growing! It is still pretty early here to plant anything (starting seeds). But the time will be here before we know it.
Here are a few ideas for starting seeds and helping your plants get to growing that cost you NO money! That is always good.
Save your toilet paper cardboard rolls - they make great starting pots for seeds. They bio-degradable, so can be planted directly in the garden without disturbing the plants roots.
My brother does this every year. He starts all of his plants himself and he keep TP rolls all throughout the year.
Not only are you recycling, but you don't have to spend money buying grow pots and they breakdown in the ground once planted. Earth to earth.
Make grow pots out of newspaper. Very easy to do. You can make rolls of paper and form a bottom if you choose. You can wrap around a can or jar (a template) and tape together to make any size pot. Again, these are recycling, saving money and they too are bio-degradable. Win - win.
Save popsicle sticks to use as plant markers. Another great recycle. Sticks from the yard can be used as well - find some nice sticks - remove bark and write name in permanent marker or paint.
Think about using your old food tins as well. Clean them out well and poke holes in the bottom and around the side for drainage. They make good starter pots as well - although you do have to remove the plants from them to plant.
The pull top lids from food tins or pet food can be cleaned and kept to use as plant markers in the garden. I do this each year with my tomatoes. I put tomato cages around my plants and then hang a lid with the type of tomato painted on it.
If you are allowed to collect water - try to find a way to produce some type of rain barrel or water storage. Natural rain water is so much better for your plants and it is FREE. I have one purchased rain barrel and one home made. The homemade one is a 55 gallon cleaned plastic/rubber barrel. I made a hose to connect the two - so overflow from one goes to the other.
If nothing else - place totes or buckets at your downspouts to catch water - you can always dump the water into a larger container. Plants just grow so much healthier with rain water. **It is also handy to have in a pinch for flushing or hand washing if your water goes out.** I use the rain water for my birdbaths and pet waterers as well in the summer.
Compost if you can. That is wonderful for plants and gardens.
Tea bags, coffee grounds and egg shells are very beneficial for plants. Keep an old coffee tin under the sink for these scraps to use on your garden (or in your garage).
Make your own fertilizer out of natural products. This one is a homemade Miracle Grow recipe. So much better than store bought - no unnecessary chemicals
So there you have a few ideas of things you can start getting together now to help you prepare for gardening. If you don't have the objects, I bet you know someone who will save them for you. It gives us a bit of something to do and gets us in the spring mindset.
SAVES MONEY TOO!