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My allotment neighbour has a row of roses, which he took as cuttings. I asked how he took them. He simply plunges the cuttings into the ground. But his secret of success is the humble potato! Before planting cuttings, he pushes the bottom end into a small potato, which he believes keeps the cuttings moist as they develop roots. It sounds crazy, but his row of allotment roses is proof it works. Try it, and let us know how you get on.

I have done this for several years now and it really does work.

Brew a pot of coffee and let it cool. Pour into spray bottle and spray on plants. It freaks out the bugs and gives your plants (if they are the type that need it) a tiny shot of nitrogen.

Don’t throw the water away after you cook your eggs. Instead, allow the water to cool then use it to fertilize and water all your houseplants! Eggshells contain both calcium and carbon. When you boil them for hard boiled eggs, some of these nutrients get leeched into the water making a great fertilizer.

Self-watering planter made from recycled bottles - bet this would work really well if you don't have much space outside #homesfornature

Idea : Self-Watering by Water Reservoir have to remember this when planting in pots next time!

Cut the bottom off a plastic pot to contain invasive plants bury in the ground. I have been doing this for a few years works great for containing plants that tend to spread, but that I still want to plant in the garden. This also works good for planting a plant in an area that tends to get filled with roots etc. from other plants. I will use a larger pot so that the plant can spread its roots and grow deeper roots, but keeps other tree roots from choking out the one I planted.

Secret to GREAT potted plants

Tomato plant irrigation - must do this for our tomatoes this year!

DIY Butterfly Feeder - a bright colored bowl with a plastic mesh pot scrubber in it; just add sugar water (4 parts water, 1 part granulated sugar) and wait for the butterflies to show up.

home made pots

Watering tip for tomatoes - I'll remember this next year!