Go to the Amazing Butterfly Garden Project seed promotion page and send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to their address: They only ask that you donate 2.00 for 50 seeds! Sweet (: Don’t forget to put a thank you note in there!
Amazing Butterflies – Seed Promotion
PO Box 25852
Tamarac, FL 33320
so this post is going to be about planters and junk- literally, junk. If your like me then you want to add some texture and a little form to you garden without having to really pay for it. To do this, we will utilize something that everyone has! Junk! Best thing about junk is that it’s free! That’s the aim of this, right? So let’s begin by looking at some different kinds of junk that can be re-used.
Sorry for the lack of color, I had this post outfitted with good pictures for each section but Tumblr wouldn’t let me post it.. As a result, the images are hyper linked in (:
Now I’m not just talking about 2 liters here, you can use water bottles cut in half as seed starters. Milk jugs can be used as planters, and even watering cans with a box cutter and some imagination. Cut your 2 liter in half and fill with soil to start seeds in, put the top half back on top and you have a mini-greenhouse! Same can be done with milk jugs. Want a contemporary hanging herb garden? Your 2 liters can be re-purposed for this too!
Now, tires are a whole different thing! You can paint the tires, stack the tires, you can hang your tires up for a vertical garden. So many things to do with tires! Heard of a Blooming Tire Planter? I’m in no short supply of old tires, and one thing I would really like to do is take this old tractor tire that we have and turn it into a succulent container garden. Since the tire itself is so big, we would have to bury it half way but then it could be filled with anything your heart desires (:
When we moved into our house we came into possession of a large amount of different-sized Easter baskets - some made of wicker and quite small, some large enough to hold a beautiful flower arrangement. Well that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
A stylish rope pot hanger can be adjusted to whatever size basket you may have and can be easily constructed out of rope, twine, yarn, probably even shoestrings if that is all you have on hand. Here is the Instructable to get you started.
Baskets can hold whatever you wish, and have the ability to fit into any setting. If you are looking to make a hanging-basket then try using old wire hangers that have lost their shape can be fashioned into sturdy basket-hangers with a little imagination.
Baskets can easily be converted into planters by stapling down some plastic, (old freezer paper, house wrap, plastic bags, wax paper) or spreading some aluminum foil around to create a liner. Be sure to do this, or your baskets will rot out!
4. Cardboard Boxes (and Egg cartons)
Okay, so if your like me then you have a lot of old shoe boxes, and a few extra big boxes. I finally decided what to do with some of them! I’ve used a couple for starting seedlings (watermelons and broccoli) indoors, but some have gone to hibiscus and those ones will be going directly into the ground- box and all!
The boxes are biodegradable, but since our roots will likely grow longer than the depth of a box, we are going to cut a whole into the middle of the bottom. Perfect! I’m sure there are a million and one other things to do with boxes, give me your ideas!
5. Tin cans (like from canned fruits and veggies)
Tin cans are an under-utilized resource. They can be decorated with paints, paper, cut outs, stickers, or anything you want. Decorating the tins is a good project to do with little ones.
Looking to hang your plants? No problem! With a max-strength hole punch and some string you can create this wonderful hanging arrangement, for free! I can just see beautiful Spring blooms popping out of these.
Just remember, with a little love and sometimes a little paint, you can turn your junk into amazing things! Use your imagination. Oh, and if you have anything that isn’t on this list, let me know and we’ll find something to do with it!
Starting to really enjoy my holiday now that all the housework is out of the way!! Been in the garden all morning weeding, planting some cuttings, and generally getting incredibly muddy. The worm farm is great - I use the worm wee all the time to gently feed everything and they gobble up all the scraps that I feed them - they don’t seem to like cabbage though!
Oh, how I envy you right now. Vermiculture is on my list of projects this year, I can’t wait to have little red wigglies of my own! In the next month I will be offering an affordable wooden worm farm on Etsy. Yay!
Vertical Gardens filled with Succulents. How wonderful! Make these pretty works of art by clicking through (:
Wow, pallet gardens (: I love this because K’s current job is to tear down pallets- he would have less work to do if people recycled pallets! You can usually get pallets free at your local grocer, or dollar store.
Thank-you Life On The Balcony
So there I was, sitting with K and talking about butterfly gardens, when I thought of the little white butterflies that you sometimes see fluttering around your yard and vegetables called the white cabbage butterflies. These lovely creatures come from a much less lovely beginning, as cabbage butterfly larvae.
Cabbage butterfly larvae are not beneficial to your garden- they eat your plants!But there are other bugs that love to eat the cabbage worms, lacewings, ladybugs, and hoverflies to name a few.
These little bugs can easily be invited into your own garden by planting a few common flowers, and herbs, easy to come by like coriander, dill, caraway, fennel, tansy, parsley and common dandelions.
If you are looking for something more elegant, try basket of gold, prairie sunflowers, or English lavender. Maybe common marigolds? Or delicate queen Anne’s lace? No matter what the theme of your garden may be, there are many beneficial-insect attracting plants that will match your needs, and of course, it is organic pest control.
If you are like me then you want as many free seeds as you can get! I don’t have any cash that I can put aside for gardening right now- but that won’t be stopping me this year. A few things came up from a little searching around on Google and I hope they help you get your own garden started!
First on this list is the Live Monarch Seed Campaign. <—
By sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to this group in Boca Raton, Florida, you can get hooked up with 15 free butterfly garden seeds, and if you do have a dollar to put aside, they will send you 50 extra seeds per dollar included!
Next we have free wild flower seeds from the Backyard Wildlife Habitat. <—
Again, sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope will get you a large packet of beautiful (free!) wildflower seeds. Stick around and check out the website while you are there (:
Now we have an online seed sample offer, emergencyseedbank.com. <—
This websites focus is providing you with an emergency seed kit to grow a bountiful vegetable garden in a time of need. They are so sure of their product, they want you to try a sample pack of seeds for free!
Free seeds for signing up for an e-newsletter on visit1066country.com. <—
Just for signing up for this interesting site’s e-mail newsletter, you get a free packet of seeds. Easy, free, fast! Awesome (:
Last, but certainly not least, the America The Beautiful Fund. <—
Before I tell you about this awesome program, let me tell you that it isn’t free. It is however an awesome deal. For $14.95 shipping and a short letter about your gardening project, ATBF will send you 100 packets of seeds. Seriously. You can choose how many of vegetable, flower, and herb seeds to receive as long as you don’t order more than 25 packets of herb seeds per order. If you have a little extra $$ and a good project, try them out!
There are more places out there, if you just search around a little. Oh, and be sure to slip a thank-you note into all of these somewhere (;
~Donate on thefreegarden.tumblr.com sidebar, any amount, for free seeds from my garden!! <3