Saturday, February 11, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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This post is all about one of things I have done to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It is getting to be the time when I need to plant my seeds for my veggie garden, and I didn't want to go out and spend money on a seed starting kit that can only be used once, then it becomes trash. I am sure the idea I had is not a new one, but it seems brilliant to me! I wanted to reuse what I could so I didn't have to spend money- I swear I'm not really that cheap, just frugal and economical! I decided that toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls would be perfect for seed starters! I have a tray to keep them in so that I don't get water everywhere and I will cover them with saran wrap to create the "green house" to retain moisture.

My mom collects paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls throughout the year for craft projects, so I mentioned to her my idea of using them. She gave me a bag she already had and I've been adding to the bag as Mike and I use the last of the t.p. or the paper towels. Today, I spent some time cutting them down and forming them to become my seed starters. Next weekend, (yay for long weekends!) I will be planting my seeds and putting them in our spare bedroom, which turns into my greenhouse for a few months. I hope to start all of my seeds, but depending on the amount of school work, and class work I need to do, I may start the long season ones like brussels sprouts and such.

Next up is to finalize, as much as possible, the layout for my garden this year. Crops need to be rotated every so often to help neutralize and enhance the soil. This is only the second year, so technically, I would be good with the same layout. However, because of the aforementioned cut down tree, I am adding garden space to the backyard. I want to increase the yield, but I am afraid to move all of my "crops" to the back incase they do not fare well. This is a trial year to see how the back does, while still maintaining some "crops" at the front to ensure a vegetable season.

Even as I type this, I am getting pumped for warm air, dirty fingernails, and months of playing in the garden!

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