DON’T OVERLOOK FINDING GARDEN ITEMS AT THE DOLLAR STORE. BELOW ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE DOLLAR STORE GARDEN HACKS THAT WORK!
Today I want to share with all my gardening buddies things I’ve found at the Dollar Tree that are inexpensive things that every gardener can use or gift to a gardening friend. I use these things in my vegetable garden and in the fruit orchard.
CRAFT STICKS AS PLANT MARKERS
First: Craft sticks are the perfect plant marker. I use a permanent marker to write on them and when the seasons over I toss the into the compost bin to recycle them. 50 for a $1 are a great buy.
WIRE TRASH CANS AS GARDEN CLOCHES
Second: Cloches from wire trash baskets. I love me a beautiful garden cloche but the cost just doesn’t fit my budget so these work and at $1 each I can buy as many as I need. The pretty glass cloches are anywhere from $25 on up so I get a whole lot more for my money when shopping the dollar store. The nice thing about these is they keep the bunnies and deer from eating my plants and the bees can also get through the wire mesh to pollinate. It’s a win in my book! I also like the fact that they can be stacked for storage when not in use. The fancy glass type can’t which means they take up storage space. When I place them over a plant I give them a little twist to seat them down into the soil and I’ve never had a problem with them tipping over even in high winds.
POOL NOODLES AS POT DRAINAGE
Third: When I have a container I want to plant but don’t want to drill a hole in the bottom for drainage I cut up pool noodles and place them in the bottom of the pot. It works perfectly for drainage space and doesn’t add any weight to the pot. It also takes less potting soil to fill the planter. Many of my pots are galvanized buckets that I like to keep in tact and use in other ways so pool noodles do the job every time.
IRISH SPRING SOAP TO KEEP THE CRITTERS OUT OF GARDEN AND FRUIT TREES
Fourth: Soap, yes Irish Spring soap to be exact. Deer and rabbits don’t like the smell so to help keep them out of the garden I shred the soap and scatter it around the perimeter of my garden. I try and shred it about 6 weeks before I need it and let it harden in a paper bag. By doing this the soap won’t dissolve as quickly, even during a rain.
To keep the deer from eating the fruit and fruit trees I cut a bar in half, drop it into a knee high pantyhose, and hang it from a branch on each tree. It keeps forever and I only have to replace it once a year. It keeps the deer away from the trees all year long. It’s such a cheap investment and takes only a few minutes to complete the task.
Tell me if you have any other dollar store items you use in your garden. I’d love to add more to my list!