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5 Thrifty Gardening Ideas

| April 13, 2013 | 18 Comments

This morning I “made” a super simple, super quick DIY Propagator and I just HAD to share it with you. And then I thought, hang on a minute… all our seedling growing and gardening is thrifty and upcycled – we have newspaper seedling pots and loo roll seedling pots and juice carton pots. So, I brought them all together here for you. So here you go some thrifty gardening ideas for you!

Upcycled Garden Crafts - a great way to get planting thing spring. Turn old to new and grow.

The DIY Propagator

DIY propagator

Seriously, it doesn’t get much simpler than this – you need two fruit punnets (ours happened to be from grapes). They usually already come with holes at the bottom for drainage. One was slightly larger than the other, I put the larger one at the top, so the plants have more room to grow. Simple, isn’t it? And it looks the part too. Will be doing LOTS of these next year!

The Cardboard Tube Planters

DIY Seedling pots

Another easy one – cute a TP Roll in half and make cardboard tube planters. I squished in a little a strip of newspaper to help stop the heard from falling out and done! Technically you can plant these straight into the ground. I need to do this soon, as my tomato plants have slowed in growing a sign, that they are running out of space.

Newspaper Seedling Pots

Newspaper Seedling pots

We made these newspaper seedling pots EVERY year. Again, quick and easy. They have the advantage that they are bigger than the loo roll seedling pots, so your young plants can stay in it for longer. Our courgettes thrive in these. Again, you can plant these straight into the ground. Click through to my seedling pot video how to to see how easily they are made (do not be tempted to buy a “gadget” from the garden centre for these!). (See how we also sneaked in a little writing and reading practice!).

The Juice Carton Seedling Pots

Simple DIY Seedling pots to "make" at home. Click through for more thrifty and upcycled garden craft ideas.

AS part of this Gardening with kids post, we made mini journals to record our growing process… turning this into a botanical science experiment. But if you just want to make the juice carton seedling pots, remember to make some holes at the bottom for draining. They are great as, they don’t get soggy over time. To pop over and check out our Garden Journals (and how to make a mini book from one A4 sheet of paper with clever folding and cutting, no gluing!)

Container Garden

Great container garden ideas to "make" at home. Click through for more thrifty and upcycled garden craft ideas.

Finally, I had a fantastic Container Garden guest post from Thinly Spread a while back – this is perfect for when you are ready to transfer your seedling into more permanent containers. Great ideas from colanders to wellie boots.

flower wellies planters

Find out how to make these super easy Welly Planters!

And done. You have just embarked on your very thrifty garden plan!! Hooray.

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  1. Karen S says:

    Brilliant ideas :)

  2. Aww these look fab, thanks for the tutorial. They would look great in our garden, especially that summer is coming (Hopeful :)).



  3. Adele says:

    Brill ideas maggy thank you xxx

  4. Sian says:

    Great idea for a tiny propagator : ) love the colanders too!

  5. Peakle Pie says:

    Ooh I love these! Spring has just sprung here so we are behind with our planting! Will try these out this week – I’ve also got some ‘thrifty’ ones to share too! :-)

  6. Ashley says:

    We will have to try the TP rolls as we have run out of egg cartons! Thanks!

  7. Jennifer says:

    Visiting from the Sunday Showcase. I’d love for you to share your family-friendly crafts and ideas at Monday Kid Corner at See you at the party!


  8. You are never less than brilliant. I LOVE these ideas. I have a big garden which is expensive to fill – and you just helped enormously, thank you :)

  9. I do the diy propogators every year, I collect plastic tubs much to DH’s annoyance :) Love seeing little fingers planting, will be getting mine out there this year!

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