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Re use plastic bottles for gardening

What do you do with your plastic bottles? I save all my plastic bottle Milk, soda pop est. because over the years I have found many things to use them for outside. Here is a few things I do with them.
1. I cut the bottom off of plastic bottle and I put them over plants that I don’t want to get weed killer on.
2. I cut the bottom off of milk jugs to place over small plants if there is a freeze warning.
3. I cut the bottoms off of soda jugs to start seeds in. Make sure you poke holes in the bottom of them to let water drain.
4. I cut the tops out bigger in Milk jugs and leave the handles on to use as a scoop to carry water, fertilizer, birdseed est. in.
5. I use plastic jugs to mix plant food in.
If you have a idea or something you use plastic bottles for please share!


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My New Veggie Garden

We have been busy working on our newest veggie garden. It is now planted so all we need is some rain and sunshine!

Won’t be long till I start canning up my veggies.

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Used Tea Bags – Don’t throw them away!

Recently I wrote a post about, “What to do with your used coffee grounds”. But some of my friends commented that they don’t drink coffee, instead they drink Tea. So for my Tea drinking friends, I have put together this post.

Used Tea Bags

Meat Marinade – Make tea out of your old tea bags and let cool. Then use the tea to marinate meat and tenderize the meat. The tea will add a savory taste to the meat.

Eye Compresses – Soak a couple of tea bags in ice-cold water then apply over your eyelids to sooth tired puffy red eyes.

Face Cleanser pads – Keep your used tea bags in a Ziploc bag or glass jar in the fridge to use as a facial cleansing pads. Rub your face gently with the bag to help exfoliate your skin. The tea has an anti-inflammatory property, which helps reduce the puffy sleepy face.

Oral Pain Relief  – If you have a sore place in your mouth. Then soak a used tea bag in ice water, and bite down on it. Tea has natural healing properties that help soothe the pain.

Sooth Sunburn – Too much fun in the sun? Make a batch of tea out of your used tea bags and let cool in the refrigerator. Pat the cold tea on your sunburn with a clean cloth to cool and sooth the burn.

Soothing Bath  – Old tea bags can also be added to your bath water as you relax in the tub.

Sooth Acne – If your skin has become raw and red from acne, use your old tea bags to provide relief. Pat cold tea made from used tea bags to the affected areas to sooth it.

Soothe insect bites – Keep your used tea bags in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. Place a cold teabag on an insect bite to sooth the pain.

Remove Warts – I have never tried this but I have heard about it. I guess it is worth a try. Soak a tea bag in hot water, and then put it over your wart for 20 to 30 minutes a couple times a day. Good Luck!

House Cleaner – Use your old bags to make a pot of Tea for cleaning mirrors, floors and countertops. The tea gives a great shine to mirrors and tile.

Deodorize Your Shoes – Place a dry used tea bag in each shoe to eliminate odor.

Make a sachet – Add a couple of drops of scented oil to a used dried teabag. Then place it in your dresser drawer.

Fertilize Your Plants – Used Tea bags can be used as an organic fertilizer for your potted houseplants. Cut open the bags and mix the tealeaves with your soil. Or place the tea bag on top of the soil, and as you water the plant make sure to pour the water slowly over the tea bags. When repotting or planting a new plant place a tea bag over the hole in the bottom of a pot before adding the soil. This help to hold moisture in your pot longer.

Natural Fabric Dye – Tea is a natural dye that won’t run or wash out. Heat water and soak the tea bags and the fabric together until desired color is achieved. A used tea bag can be use to stain paper to make it look old and antique. Great for art projects!

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COFFEE GROUNDS (don’t throw them away)

I come from a long line of coffee drinkers that appreciated their morning brew. They also appreciated the leftover coffee grounds. And instead of throwing them away they found many frugal and useful things to do with them.
*Leftover grounds can be kept in the freezer until ready for use.
1. Useful ways to use coffee grounds as a beauty aid.

Cellulite Reducer  -Make your own homemade mixture for reducing cellulite. It’s been reported that coffee grounds work by stimulating cell circulation, melting fat, and moving the fluids and toxins out.
Weekly cellulite treatment -mix ¼ cup of warm used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Next place a towel or newspaper on the floor under your feet in order to prevent a mess.  Apply the mixture on the problem areas and rub in a circular motion. Then, wrap the problem areas with a shrink-wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush off any loose coffee grounds from your skin, and then take a shower. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
Daily cellulite Treatment – While in the shower, use a handful of coffee grounds and squirt of body wash. And vigorously rub coffee grounds on troubled cellulite spots for a few minutes everyday.
Bath Scrub – While in the shower try rubbing your skin with used coffee grounds to remove dead skin cells. A handful of coffee grounds with a little liquid soap results in smooth soft skin. Try adding a few drops of Vanilla Extract for a nice scent.
Face cleanser – Coffee grounds make a gentle exfoliating wash for your face, mix with a little soap and rub on your face.
Facial – A ¼ cup of coffee grounds mixed with an egg white makes a toning and firming facial. Massage it into your skin and allow it to dry, then rinse. Then follow with a moisturizer.
Hair Shine Solution – Reportedly using left over coffee can make your hair softer and shinier. Shampoo your hair then rinse your hair with the coffee, wait a few moments and rinse with water.
Gray Hair – Steep a cup of used coffee grounds in hot water, then use as a rinse to help cover gray.
Hair Dye – Brewed coffee can also be used in light brown/brunette hair to darken it.
Coffee Tan– Sponge on your left over coffee Freshen up your summer tan by rubbing coffee grounds all over your body then leave on for 30 minutes. Brewed coffee at room temperature can also be sponged and left on your skin for 20-30 minutes. Darker skin can be achieved by repeating this process more often.
2. Coffee Grounds is a Natural Deodorizer;
First dry your used coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl or old soak.  

Hand Deodorizer- rubbing your hands with coffee ground will remove strong odor such as fish or onion from your hands. 
Fridge Deodorizer – Remove those unwanted smells from your refrigerator by placing a bowl filled or sock filled with dry used coffee grounds that will gradually absorb all unwanted odors. Add a few drops of your favorite extract (vanilla, almond, peppermint est.) to the coffee grounds for a nice aroma.
Shoe Deodorizer – Place a sock fill with dry used coffee grounds inside your shoes to absorb odors.

3. Gardening– There is a several ways that your plants can also appreciate your leftover coffee grounds. Coffee grounds contain, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium—all minerals that aid in plant development and growth.

Fertalizer -Add Coffee Grounds to the potting soil of your house or garden plants that flourish in acidic soil they will become healthier.
Compost Material – When coffee grounds are mixed with soil it release nutrients that make the ground richer and more acidic. So plants that flourish in acidic soil will be healthier. If you have enough coffee grounds, just spread them evenly in your garden.
Earthworms – coffee grounds also seem attract the earthworms.
Insect repellant – Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant hills themselves. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.
4. Household uses for coffee grounds.

Dye – By steeping used coffee grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, wood, baskets, paper, art works and even Easter eggs.
Furniture scratches – Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip to cover it up and make it less noticeable. 
Pot & Pan Scourer – Since coffee grounds are slightly abrasive they can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant pots & pans.
For Fireplace Dust – Next time you clean your fireplace toss a handful of wet coffee grounds in your fireplace. The wet grounds will hold the dust in place, lessening the dust clouds.

Dogs- After shampooing your dog mix coffee ground with some water and give them a coffee ground rub down, working them down to the skin. This results in a nice grooming solution for pets. After a few rubs, the solution softens your pet’s fur, giving it a nice shine. Some people even claim that the solution keeps fleas and other parasites off your pet.
Cat repellent – To keep cats from using your garden as their personal litter box try sprinkling coffee grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants. 
Cat Litter Deodorizer –Sprinkle a tiny bit of fresh coffee grinds in the cat litter box for a natural deodorizer or you can place some in a container next to it.

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Hurrah! My Strawberry’s are looking good this year. I can hardly wait to taste that first sweet strawberry. I love strawberries!

I planted them kind of late last year and I was worried that they might not make it thru the wildlife critters that visit my yard from time to time or thru the cold winter we had.

But they survived and they are growing like crazy.

As you can see I planted the strawberries in a round raised rock garden that my Father in law (Odes) built for me. But sadly Odes pasted away in 2007. Odes was a wonderful rock mason and he loved gardening. So this raised rock garden that he made me will always be a loving memory of him.

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Homemade Ant killer

Get rid of Ants in your kitchen? Mix boric acid powder, sugar, and jelly together. You can buy boric acid at almost any drug store. Place a small amount on a jar lid. Ants will eat the mixture, which is toxic (the boric acid) to them and bye bye ants. Of course, keep it away from pets and children. I have heard that it kills roaches also.

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Homemade Weed Killer

Homemade Weed Killer

Either of these two weedkiller recipes should be used only on plants that you want to get rid of, taking care not to spray any on surrounding plants. These are most effective when used on tender spring weeds. Can be used in sprayers.

(1) Recipe
1 tablespoon of gin
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap
1 quart of hot water

(2) Recipe
1 gallon of distilled vinegar
1 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap

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