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Best of 10 Uses for Common Household Products

Put extra materials—and even stuff destined for the trash heap—to work in your home with these ideas from TOH's 10 Uses column
  • Linda Gross

    Use Sponges to Keep Water-Loving Plants Moist Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. (from this old house)

  • Rosalie Lovell

    Place a sponge in the bottom of flower pot before adding soil. Will help keep moisture

  • Victoria Berry

    Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes! - Garden Ideas

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Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes!

Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes!

Place a sponge in the bottom of a planter before adding soil, to keep water in reserve. Really makes a difference in window boxes!

Use coffee filters in the bottom of flower pots to keep the dirt and grit from coming out of the bottom of the pot when it's watered

Cut notches into stir sticks every 1½ inches and assemble them as shown. Place the grid under a pot to prevent deck stains and rot. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber | thisoldhouse.com

Perfectly potted plants

I got one of these, will spray copper on it this year and put it under a tree and put a big glass 2" deep bowl and make a bird bathe this year with plants down and around and hang a sign 25Cents a Bathe

diy container gardening ideas | DIY & Crafts / 13 Planter Ideas for Your Container Garden Vanessa Mayhew ...

Garden planter, from Aiden Gray featured in Cote De Texas Blog cotedetexas.blogs...

This site has great planter ideas

  • Darla Shelton

    It is almost time to start those outdoor pots. Great pictures to get ideas at this site.

  • silvana gantt

    but they dont tell the name of the flowers in the pots....

To test your soil's pH level, place a handful of dirt into a small container and sprinkle vinegar on it. If it fizzes, the soil is alkaline; adjust the pH with an acid amendment. | Photo: Nancy Andrews | thisoldhouse.com