To plant, sow, multiply, fertilize at a lower cost, think about recycling!
Whether it is with eggshells, propagation by cuttings, collecting fruit stones or creating your own fertilizer, there are 1001 ways to work in your garden by collecting existing waste.
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Pierced and neatly stored in their cardboard box, they are practical for making your seedlings. Fill them with potting soil and sow your seeds.
When the plants have risen, squeeze the shells to break them and transplant everything into the ground.
The roots will pass through the shells which will nourish the soil by disintegrating.
Multiply your favorite roses
Do you fall for the roses in a bouquet that you have been given? Grow them in the garden!
Cut the stems of some of them into sections of 10 to 15 cm and then plant these rose cuttings in a shady corner. Water regularly. A year later, in autumn, you will be able to transplant the rose bushes which have taken.
Select your future apricots
A good apricot in the fruit basket? Set aside its pit and germinate in a pot filled with sand. In March, plant the pits in the ground.
The following fall, you can install this plant in the orchardapricot tree which will produce fruits similar to the one you have tasted.
Create your fertilizer
Do you have chickens? Collect their feathers and let them "infuse" in a container filled with rainwater, under a mesh weighed down by stones to prevent them from floating. Macerate in the shade for two months. This traditional Chinese recipe provides a fertilizer rich in nitrogen and trace elements appreciated by all plants.
Feed your roses
Rich in phosphorus and potassium, the skins of banana are good ingredients for compost.
You can also use them as fertilizer for your roses: cut them into pieces and bury them at their base, about 4 cm deep.
Make your humus
Pile the dead leaves in a heap in a corner of the garden, water, trample, and add a few shovelfuls of good soil before each new addition of leaves.
The following spring, divide the pile with a spade and use this mixture to cover your flower beds, the foot of your trees and the planks of the vegetable garden. By decomposing the leaves make up a humus which fertilizes the soil.
More advice in "My garden tips & tricks", published by Sélection du Reader’s Digest.