Can't afford Christmas wrapping paper after you have paid for all those Christmas presents? Take the cartoon section out of the newspaper and wrap presents up in that. It makes novel and amusing wrapping paper. I buy my Christmas presents in July and August at Yard Sales and the Salvation Army Thrift Store, so by December I can sit back and feel smug while other people have to stand in line ups.
Birds love to steal berries, especially when they are nice and ripe. To avoid this annoyance string some old CDs on a sturdy piece of twine and string it accross your garden. In my garden I also put up a plastic owl and had a scarecrow, since I had problems with the crows. This season it seems to have worked and my raspberries and strawberries were safe from the bird population.
Every computer always spits out extra paper that usually goes to waste. To make your own note pads fold the wasted paper in half and then in half again. Tear along the folds and you have four pieces of note paper for phone message or grocery lists. Extra computer paper can also be used to make cat litter.
Buy four wooden pallets that companies often sell as cheap as $5.00 each and wire the corners together to make a box. In five minutes you will have an instant compost bin that is big enough for a sizable garden. You can leave one side unwired for the door if you like. Things that can be put in the compost include grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags,leaves, vegetable scraps, and fruit. Always mix with soil and turn from time to time. Never put things like meat or cooked products in the compost. I've had a compost for the last 20 years and it never has attracted any rodents, skunks, or racoons.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|