We have already discussed the value of your garden eating what you eat. Perhaps you have even started composting. But have you ever considered letting your garden drink what you eat? As summer heats up our outdoor plants require more moisture. Turning on the hose or filling the watering can from the spigot causes a sharp increase in the water bill. Any self-respecting penny pincher will do everything they can to prevent this from happening. Common cooking techniques such as boiling and steaming result in nutrient-rich water. Most of us focus on the vegetable or eggs that we are boiling and pour the water down the drain. Instead, let the water cool then pour it into your flower or vegetable containers. The plants not only get the water that they need, but the added benefit of extra nutrients. And you get the benefit of not spending money on plant food.
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If you are going to plant, you have to feed. You can spend a lot of money on synthesized plant foods or you can go a more natural route. I’m not talking about spending even more money on organic fertilizers. I’m talking about composting. Before you start with all the it-stinks, I-don’t-have-the-space, I’m-no-master-gardener excuses, let me assure you that, when done right, compost bins don’t stink, don’t have to take up much space and anyone can do it.
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If you place your compost bin anywhere that is not right outside the door, you may find it a bit tedious to run out to the bin every time you have a scrap from the kitchen. You can keep a storage container on the counter or under the sink to collect scraps. There are literally hundreds of kitchen compost pails available. Sadly, you are looking at an initial purchase price of about $20 plus an additional regular charge for charcoal filters. Personally, I use an old Cool Whip container. Since it gets emptied every day or so, it doesn’t have time to get all nasty.
Adding compost to your flower and vegetable beds, as well as containers, gives you more blooms for your buck!
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