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DIY Gardening supplies

Posted Mar 21 2009 4:13pm

Yes,  this is another gardening post! Basically, planning our garden is all I think about right now. We eat sandwiches and fries and talk about gardening rather than plan and cook good food. Anyway, gardening supplies can be quite expensive and on our tight budget we just can’t afford to buy all kinds of expensive pretty crap. So we browse the internet, think a lot and come up with smart solutions.

Stack of folded newspapers

I know what you’re thinking, ‘why is she showing me a stack of newspapers, and where can I get that snazzy keyboard?’ and I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on. Basically this is a stack of folded newspaper sheets which magically (using the power of origami) turns into practical and environmentally friendly plant pots for your seedlings. I found a great tutorial for making these at VideoJug posted by Tiffany at No Ordinary Homestead. Check it out!

This is what they look like unfolded. Stand them right next to each other so  they support each other in a tray in the windowsill and when your plants are big enough to be planted outside you can just pop these right into the ground. Easy peasy.

Newspaper pots

Also, Alex and I made this greenhouse today using cheap items from my favourite store IKEA.

Greenhouse IKEA hackIKEA hacked greenhouse

It’s a cheap shelf for garden use with a shower curtain stapled on to it. We only paid 91 SEK for all of this while a greenhouse of the same quality (plastic plastic plastic) from a shop would be about 500 SEK. Win! I thought this up all by myself, I am both pretty AND smart!

The shelf we used is called HYLLIS and costs 79 SEK / $14.99 / £5.86. The shower curtain is called NÄCKTEN and costs 12 SEK /$1.79 /£0.87.

We’re also using more of those shower curtains to cover our raised beds as they’re very cheap compared to the plastic covering you can buy in most gardening stores.

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