Live Green and Earn Points


  • Janet I. 2 years ago
    darn,, great ideas everyone! I've started an indoor "garden" this year with only two items and so far have had a small problem with spots on the leaves of my green beans. Def,, going to do more reaserch in the future, thanks all this info has been very helpful... : )
  • shelia w. 2 years ago
    I haven't read through the posts so someone may have already suggested this....but old Venetian Blinds can be cut to any length as plant markers. The old metal ones are especially good!
  • Dona E. 2 years ago
    Darn! I've already planted 3 tomato plants in pots before this post reminded me of this tip!! I'm planting in pots this year to rest the soil in my raised beds.
    The tip is...when planting in containers...use several layers of news paper to circle the inside of the pot before you fill them with soil. This will help "insulate" them (shelter them from the sun and keep them cooler like mulch) and help the pots retain moisture. pots dry out much more often and need to be watered often. That's not too good here in Ca. where we're on water meters and in a drought!
    This also recycles paper and in the end enriches the soil!
    • Dona E. 1 year ago
      It's summer 2017, we had a wonderful winter of rain and are supposedly out of our drought, but I am still being VERY water aware!
      Wooden paint stirrers make excellent plant markers for bigger pots, to be found at hardware store or Lowes or Home Depot.
  • dolores s. 5 years ago
    My mother used to say "whatever you take from the soil must be returned to the soil." When you trim your bushes dig around them and bury all the leaves and trimmings you can. Turn your flowers over and bury them in the fall.
  • dolores s. 5 years ago
    I have two sink holes in my back yard. All of my yard waste is going into them. Previous to this, when I was cleaning up a garden and had leaves and other garden waste, I would rake it into a pile, dig a hole and bury it.
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