March 29, 2016 – Spring is in bloom, and your green thumb has been itching to get back to the garden. Before you get out there; see how these DIY and recycling tips can give your blossoms a natural boost.
Repurpose Old Jars
Instead of tossing old jam jars in the recycle bin, bring a little green indoors and repurpose jars as a planter for small house plants. Place your favorite herbs, succulents or flowers in a mason jar with some soil, and find a sunny spot to let them thrive.
Preserve Fresh Herbs
Fresh herbs are great for homemade meals, but they don’t stay fresh nearly as long as we’d like. Instead of tossing unused herbs, extend their life in the freezer. Get the lowdown on how to freeze herbs here.
Improve The Quality of Soil with Pantry Items
No fertilizer on hand or can’t stand the smell? Look no further than your fridge or pantry for natural fertilizers. Try using these items to give your plants a lift:
- Egg Shells: The next time you use this pantry staple, save the shells for the garden! Sprinkle a handful of crumbled shells into the planting hole before placing the plant roots. The calcium in egg shells helps your plants grow strong. You can also use egg shells as seed-starter pots. Start by poking a small hole at the narrower end of the egg, cleaning out the contents and making a tiny drainage hole at the bottom of the shell. Place the eggs back into the carton, fill with soil, add seeds and voila!
- Coffee Grounds: High in nitrogen, coffee grounds serve as a great fertilizer to plants that require acidic soil, such as tomatoes, fruit trees and roses. Mix your coffee grounds with water and sprinkle the fertilizer around the base of the plants.
- Banana Peels: Potassium and phosphorus are necessary nutrients for plant growth, and banana peels are great source of both. Slice banana peels into one-inch pieces and sprinkle two to three slices into the planting hole.
What are you planting this year? Tell us in the comments below!