Apr 29, 2011

Happy Fridays! New Uses from Real Simple

Oh how I adore Real Simple. It is one of my absolute favorite publications and is accompanied by an equally impressive website! If I am ever in between issues and looking for some home makeover inspiration, or maybe a delicious recipe for Friday night, or even a few new fashion trends, Real Simple is my first stop. But aside from the previously mentioned topics, my favorite Real Simple find has to be New Uses For Old Things. They have one for almost anything and everything! So this week, with the beautiful arrival of spring in mind, I have featured a few gardening inspired new uses. Who knows…you may have all of the gardening necessities you need just lying around the house 🙂

From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:

1) Use a coffee filter to line a pot before potting to ensure soil does not leak out through drainage holes that may be too large.

2) If planning to leave town for a few days, water your plants by filling a sink or basin with a few inches of water and placing a towel underneath your plant to aid with absorption.

3) Use old vases to make a container garden for herbs and small plants. Make sure to fill the bottom with small rocks or pebbles to help drainage.

4) Poke a few drainage holes in the bottom of a yogurt cup and start growing seeds there before transplanting them to larger pots or garden beds.

5) Tired of getting dirt under your fingernails while gardening? Quick remedy: scrape your fingernails along a bar of soap beforehand to keep dirt out.

6) Supplement potting mix by filling the bottom of a planter with leftover packing peanuts. They are lightweight and improve drainage, which promotes healthy roots.

Find several other great ideas for new uses here! Happy Friday everyone!

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About the Contributor: Kristen Smith is a graphic designer and illustrator residing in Augusta, GA with her fiance Jon-Michael and two fur babies, Desmond and Penelope. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to do something creative and began taking design classes in high school. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia, she worked hard to establish a freelance career and officially launched her own company in 2011. Kristen is an award-winning designer, a celebrated creative for Minted.com, and has been working with NAPCP since it's inception in 2009.  She has a passion for fresh and beautiful designs with subtle feminine hints and a dash of whimsy.   Her passion for design is rivaled only by her passion for animals. She has been an avid animal rights supporter for many years and presently works with a local rescue organization fostering and rehabilitating cats. When she is not designing or sketching, you can find her crafting or in the garden!  She is also an entertainment junkie and watches entirely too many movies and television shows. Kristen looks forward to the extraordinary possibilities each new day brings!  

 

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