Repel Slugs and Snails with Coffee Grounds

Repel slugs

Coffee grounds are the perfect solution for a garden in so many ways. They attract worms to aerate the soil and act as a natural fertilizer. They also have another less well-known use. They repel slugs and snails. What can’t coffee grounds do, seriously? To reap the snail and slug repelling benefits, save your coffee grounds and sprinkle them in a circle on the soil around each plant. Snails and slugs don’t like the gritty texture and will avoid going over it to reach your plants. Now, that’s something to celebrate with another cup of coffee.

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Create a Unique Flowerpot with Clothespins

Create a unique flowerpot

Are your flowerpots looking a little plain? Here is an easy DIY to create a unique flowerpot and it should take less than five minutes. All you will need are clothespins and a flowerpot. Simply clip the clothespins all the way around the edge of the pot to make a creative new look for your space. Need more color? Paint the clothespins first. Or better yet, if you love glitter, add some to create a unique flowerpot that is completely you!

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Transform an Old Trunk into an Outdoor Planter

Transform an old trunk into an outdoor planter

When my partner brought home two old rusted, smelly trunks and I refused to let him bring them in the house, he made lemons out of lemonade, and made me happy in the end. I would have never thought to transform an old trunk into an outdoor planter, but that is exactly what he did. In our case he mounted each chest to a wooden platform (which is optional). Otherwise, just fill the chest up with dirt and plant your favorite perennials, annuals or make a trunk herb garden, whatever you prefer.

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DIY Soda Bottle Garden Sprinkler

Use this DIY soda bottle garden sprinkler for the purpose of watering your garden…and your kids! You’ll need an empty 2 liter bottle of soda, duct tape, garden hose and ice pick (or anything sharp enough to puncture holes through plastic). This home hack is great for your lawn as well as a fun way to entertain children! We would strongly recommend you don’t do this by a high voltage or utility box though – yikes!

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Rating: 3 (from 5 votes)

Bird Nest Material Dispenser

Bird Nest Material Holder

Provide nesting supplies for the birds to set up shop in your yard with this bird nest material dispenser! Share sewing and knitting scraps, lint, moss, pine needles, twigs, broom bristle, straw, shredded paper…the list is endless. I used a wire suet cage/holder to make mine! You can also create a bird nest material dispenser out of chicken wire (just be sure to clip off sharp edges). Once you have decided on a design, just fill it with the materials described above. The birds will thank you and reward you by living in your yard or close by.

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How to Grow a Potato Tower

how to grow a potato tower

Learn how to grow a potato tower, it’s a great garden space saver! Instead of growing them in horizontal rows, grow potatoes vertically. It is possible to grow 100 lbs of taters in a 4×4 area of your garden. For the perimeter you will need chicken wire or big-holed wire (tires or wooden boards also work), as well as dirt, hay and seed potatoes.

Build a circular or square fence in the shape you would like your tower, fill the first row with hay, then create a hole or divot in the center of the hay, fill with dirt, approximately 6″, then seed potatoes, 6″ of dirt, then drench tower with water. Potatoes love water! Plant your potatoes around the edges of your tower four to six inches apart. You can also plant 1-3 in the center as long your spacing is consistent. Allow the first layer to sprout leaves, do not build your tower all at once. Once you see the sprouted leaves repeat the layers, allow to sprout, repeat layers. I suggest up to four layers of potatoes, but wait until previous layer sprouts. Once the leaves turn brown and fall off, wait a week then harvest.

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Rating: 2 (from 6 votes)