Like Midas with his golden touch, some individuals are endowed with the ability to green an infinite array of botanicals using nothing more than a batch of homemade compost and the right collection of sweet nothings (whispered ever so encouragingly at leaves, buds and tendrils). That’s hardly the case with the rest of us. Growing a garden, successfully, I might add, can often require a great deal of time, patience, persistence and honest-to-goodness hard work. There are rumors that it can be a cathartic experience, but if your thumbs happen to be a deeper shade of brown rather than green, digging in the dirt can oftentimes be an exercise in pure frustration. Among the many conundrums that the amateur gardener can face, a few perennial questions rise to the top of the list, such as: “Why are there brown spots on my tomatoes?” “Where the heck did those caterpillars come from?” “How can I prevent those rascally squirrels from chomping countless bites out of my veggie patch and then thoughtlessly spitting all their rejects out on my walkway?” Whether you stick with mainstream landscaping projects or take advantage of warmer seasons to grow your own food, several crucial gardening supplies are necessary in order to go the distance, but they generally come at a wallet-weeping cost. That is, unless you whip out your DIY-repurposing skills. As the following list of easy-to-do projects suggests, the only thing standing between you and your drool-worthy garden is not money, but two willing and able hands (plus a whole lot of scavenged and recycled materials).
How to Make Green, Affordable Versions of Basic Garden Staples
Some DIY creativity and a bunch of scavenged and recycled materials are all that stands between you and a lush garden!