Easyshed understand life is at a fast pace and jobs are easier when you have the right tools ? but certain tools can be very expensive. Read this list of 20 garden tools you can DIY from your very home to keep in your garden storage.
Recycle Milk Jugs
Save both half gallon and gallon sized milk jugs to create easy tools.
Mini greenhouse ? during cold winters, mini greenhouses can help protect your own personal greenhouses. Cut the bottom off a gallon milk jug and when a cold spell is in the forecast, place the jug over the plant.
Flexible scoop ? you can make this scoop from a half-gallon plastic milk jug, it is great for potting soil into tight spaces. To make it, cut two horizontal cuts on the sides adjacent to the handle and two forward-slanting diagonal cuts in the other sides.
Liquid fertiliser distribution system ? use plastic milk jugs to mix up liquid fertiliser then punch a hole or two in the cap with a nail.
Protection plus ? if you use a cold frame to extend your growing season, line the inside with plastic milk jugs filled with water. The water then can be warmed by the sun and will help reduced temperature swings inside the cold frame.
Recycle Towels, Table Cloths and Blankets
Corral dirt ? when digging a hole, spread an old table cloth out nearby to keep dirt from getting everywhere. You don?t waste soil and it keeps your area clean.
Carrying ? you could use an old vinyl tablecloth, plastic side down to transport heavy things like sand, dirt or mulch. You could also transport plant divisions such as, shrubs or small trees.
Frost ? a light blanket, towel or tablecloth can save your annuals from damage when a frost is coming.
Ties ? worn our towels, cut into strips make safe ties for supporting plants. The soft cloths are perfect for heavy plants
Yogurt Containers – yogurt containers, plastic sour cream and margarine tubs have many uses for your outside garden and home
Cutworm Collars ? protect young seeds from night calling cutworms by cutting the bottom off a yogurt containers. Sink the containers about an inch or so into the ground.
The Scoop ? small plastic tubs are perfect for scooping
Cheap Flower Pots ? Tubs that are at least 3 inches deep make 3 flower pots ? if you poke a few holes in the bottom with a nail.
Newspapers Purpose in the Garden
Newspapers are the key ingredient for garden beds ? to create a new planting area without the work of digging, just mow an area as short as possible, spread with 8 or more layers or newspaper and top with enough soil or mulch to hold the papers in place. Over a few months, the newspaper will smother weeds and grasses, then decay into the bare soil ? leaving you ready to plant trees, shrubs or flowers.
Pound Shop Treasure
For trimming chores in your homes garden, get a pair of £1 kitchen shearers at your local pound store.
From Junk to Jewels
Old Dish Pans ? fill them with potting soil and supplies and you have a portable potting bench take you can take on the go!
Coffee and Tuna Cans – use these straight-sided containers to collect and measure rain. That way, you can be sure that your garden is getting the inch of water a week.
Soft Drink Cans ? rinse well and place in the bottom of large planters to take up some of the space. They provide extra drainage capacity and you will need less potting soil.
Chopsticks ? use chopsticks when you start putting seeds in pots. Add one or two sticks to each pot and cover with a cheap plastic bag to control moisture. The chopsticks prevent the bag from collapsing onto the soil.
Egg Cartons ? this is an old classic favourite method for starting seeds, one or two per soil-filled cell. This will help reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, use well-washed Styrofoam egg cartons with a single drainage hole punched in the bottom of each cell.