Get to Gardening

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
Seedlings of flowers in glass jars with drainage 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 iStock_000003488146_Largeback 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!

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12 thoughts on “Get to Gardening

  1. Esther Phillips

    When will you have the metal trellises for plants to climb? I try to always buy mine from Aldis as they are cheaper . I hope you will have the same size as last year. I like the 5 ft. or a little taller. Thanks

    1. ALDI USA Post author

      Hi Esther. ALDI Finds are premium food and household products that are only in stores for a limited time. We love these little surprises and hope you do, too! Check out your weekly ad to see what will be coming to a store near you!

  2. Mary Machon

    We are looking at relocating from Woodstock,Georgia to Springfield,MA first question was do they have an Aldi’s. I shop the close to me several times a week. I love all of your products and the staff are great. Love the prices when I go to Michigan to visit they are all over. This will make my relocation easier. I was born and raised in Massachusetts so for me it will be going home. When I lived in Las Vegas I was a TJ shopper there I could walk to the store. Just love your Company.

    1. Maureen

      There is an Aldis on Boston road in Springfield MA, as well as one in West Springfield and one in Chicopee. We often shop at the Aldis in Enfirld CT. The closest TJ’s is on route 9 in Hadley.

  3. GS

    I noticed your Garden line organic plant starting soil are about $3.99 a bag. Where does Aldi’so source this product or could u tell me how it is made? I enjoy knowing details so I can feel assured the product was produced with high standards. Thank u! I shop at aldi’s often! PS Sometimes the canned organic beans…Pinto & Garbanzo (Chickpeas) are hard, like haven’t been cooked long enough. ☺

    1. ALDI USA Post author

      Hi Sheryl! Our Customer Service team is better equipped to help you with your question. Please contact them at bitly.com/aldihelp.

  4. Doris Coulthurst

    I have been trying to find the grape plant that was sold at Aldi in 2016. No one has any information about the green grape that was sold. Please help me.

    1. ALDI USA Post author

      Hi Doris! You can contact Customer Service at bitly.com/aldihelp for more help on finding a product near you.

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