The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.  It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

weed prevention for two years: newspaper will prevent any grass/weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after ~ 18 months. By that time, any grass/weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.

Growing Roses From Cuttings

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.

pathway with rocks painted with glow in the dark paint (Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Brush-on Paint).  During the day they “charge” in the sun and in the evening they reflect the stored light.

"Glow In The Dark Pathway." GENIUS…Line a pathway with rocks painted in glow in the dark paint. During the day they “charge” in the sun and in the evening they reflect the stored light. Rust-Oleum Glow in the Dark Brush-on Paint.

Use layers of overlapping wet newspapers around plants. Cover w/mulch and weeds won't come through wet newspaper. Site also has many other useful tips

Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go; cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic; they will not get through wet newspapers. and 16 Ridiculously Useful Tips to Make Life Easier

Love this!  Very cool idea: pallet wood garden walkway from Funky Junk Interiors

DIY Pallet Ideas: walkway for in front of the shed. Dismantle a pallet, stain the wood, and lay pieces in your garden to create an elegant walking path. This is especially helpful if the pallet you’re using isn’t stable enough for other projects.

Create a great place for potting plants and gardening chores by building this tough, good-looking potting bench. This one is built from cedar to hold up to years of use outdoors. It looks so good that you might decide to use it as a serving station on your deck or patio, too. Get the free DIY plans at buildsomething.com

Create a great place for potting plants and gardening chores by building this tough, good-looking potting bench. This one is built from cedar to hold up to years of use outdoors. It looks so good that you might decide to use it as a serving station on you

Kiddy pools as raised beds...I have several in my garden.

Can upcycle my kids old cracked wading pool rather than sending it off to the landfill. Kid's wading pools as container gardens. Holds way more rain water than regular pots, so less frequent watering in the height of summer.

Fence from pallets (cheap)

Fence from pallets - link is not for tutorial or anything like that, it's just a picture from a house sale.

Outdoor Sink Makes Water Recycling Simple - This sink is ridiculously easy to make from "found" or repurposed parts. The sink is hooked up to an outdoor hose (no plumbing) and water from it goes into a simple 5 gallon bucket to collect grey water that can be used on landscape. Now instead of going inside to wash garden produce, it can be done at the outdoor sink.

Outdoor Sink Makes Water Recycling Simple – This sink is ridiculously easy to make from “found” or repurposed parts. The sink is hooked up to an outdoor hose (no plumbing) and water from it goes into a simple 5 gallon bucket to collect grey water that can

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