Five Cool Make-it-Yourself Garden Gadgets

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      Thanks for the ideas for the garden gadgets…Does anyone have any

      other thrifty ideas for items in the yard or garden…….I like to

      use different old water cans to plant in and use small mini lights

      some evenings also.


      — In, “Liss” wrote:


      > adapted from Great Garden Gadgets, a Rodale Organic Gardening Book.


      > A great garden gadget is an exciting find. You spot them

      occasionally in

      > garden catalogs or at your local garden center, but the best

      gadgets are the

      > nifty homemade widgets that your friends have devised.


      > You know what we mean – a planter made from a milk jug and a piece


      > plastic pipe, a plastic soda bottle modified to be a watering


      > pieces of plastic miniblinds recycled as plant markers.


      > Here is a small sampling from this book, of how to make some nifty


      > Here are some tips to help your birds using old door mats, and

      cracked old

      > concrete birdbaths; cool lantern delights for outdoor lighting,

      using baby

      > food jars; a string holder, and more!


      > lantern delights

      > clean 4- 6- ounce baby food jars.


      > Materials

      > 6 to 12 clean baby food jars

      > Spool of fine-gauge wire (not plastic coated)

      > 6 to 12 voltive candles


      > Directions

      > 1. For each jar, cut a piece of wire 40 to 50 inches long. Vary

      your lengths

      > so your finished lights can hang at different heights.

      > 2. Bend a wire in half to form a V-shaped handle for the jar. Hold

      the bent

      > wire over a jar so 6 to 10 inches of the V extends above the jar for

      > hanging. Wrap the rest of the wire around the threads of the jar


      > 3. Twist each end of the wire around the V-shaped handle to fasten

      the wire

      > securely. Pull tight.

      > 4. Place a voltive candle in the jar, light, and hang!


      > ground level bird feeder and sanctuary

      > on hand: old craced concerete birdbath without its base.

      > turn it into: ground-level bird feeder and sanctuary.

      > how to do it: dig a slight depression in a flowerbed and set in the


      > saucer. place a little bowl of water or fruit in the middle and

      pour seed

      > around it.


      > birdseed catcher

      > on hand: old door mat

      > turn it into: birdseed catcher

      > how to do it: put a scrap of door mat under the bird feeder and on

      top of

      > fresh snow so seed falls on it and not into the snow where the

      birds can’t

      > get to them.


      > tool storage chest

      > on hand: old filing cabinet

      > turn it into: tool storage chest

      > how to do it: an old metal or wooden file cabinet makes a great

      place to

      > store hand tools, pruning tools, string, gloves, and all kinds of

      > miscellaneous garden items.


      > dahlia tuber holder

      > on hand: plastic strawberry flats

      > turn them into: dahlia tuber holders

      > how to do it: in early winter when frost has killed dahlia foliage,

      lift the

      > tubers and shake off the soil. then line each of the flat’s


      > with a paper towel, et in the tubers – one per cubbyhole – and put

      the flat

      > in a cool, dark place. the rectangular flats stack easily so they

      won’t take

      > up much space, and the ventilated sides will keep needed air

      circulating to

      > the tubers all winter long.


      > string caddy

      > on hand; plastic detergent bottle

      > turn them into: string caddy

      > how to do it: cut a hinged flap into the side of a plastic bottle,

      baking it

      > large enough to slide the string cone in. stick a couple pieces of

      velcro on

      > the flap so you can open and close it. poke a hole through the cap,


      > slide the string out the top.




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