Extra green thumb: 10 ways to reduce, reuse & recycle in the garden
Going greener in the garden can start as simply as taking a fresh look around your home. You may be surprised how many opportunities are waiting to slip seamlessly into your current routine. Use these 10 ideas for inspiration.
1. Save the Waste Water
Get in the habit of tossing leftover ice cubes into planters and rinse water into the yard. Even the family pet can help contribute old water from its bowl.
2. Skip That Cute New Watering Can
Re-use milk jugs and liter bottles instead.
3. Water While You’re Away
Before you leave home for vacation, refill old water bottles and place them upside down in planters for a slow, steady drip.
4. Upcycle Planters
Re-use old paint cans, colanders and even toys for a uniquely green look.
5. Pass the TP
Use old toilet paper rolls to protect new seedlings from hungry worms.
6. Foil Your Foes
Eek! Save and re-use aluminum foil scraps to scare away garden pests.
7. Prop the Cork
Was that lemon basil or clove basil? Keep your herbs straight by using old corks for markers – or scatter the corks in boxes and beds for extra pop.
8. Pile It On
Start a compost pile with kitchen scraps. It can stay small or become big. Give composting a try and see how much you use.
9. Shell It Out
Save the shells from your next seafood dinner or beach walk to crush into your flowerbeds.
10. Chime In
Just about anything that clanks can make a cool wind chime. Try painting old silverware or “keys to nowhere” in bright colors and stringing them together.
Today’s simple acts inspire a lifetime of habits. Get more tips and ideas from SC Johnson’s 30 Green Days Challenge.