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Maintaining a garden can be a real challenge. Not only does it take a TON of time and effort, but buying the right gardening tools can get pretty expensive.

As it turns out, however, you already have some great gardening supplies in your home, and there’s no better place to start looking than in your kitchen!

1. Push a muffin tin into soil for well-spaced seeds and plants. You can start your digging once you turn it into a proper grid!

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2. Use wine bottles to prevent kids from trampling your seedlings. They’re both attractive and functional if you stick them in the dirt neck first.

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3. Your old silverware could find new life in your garden. First, use a hammer to flatten a spoon.

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Now just add a little paint and you’ve got some amazingly cute and quirky garden signs!

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4. Grab an empty can of soda and use a can opener to cut out the top like this…

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Use any color you like to spray paint the can. Just make sure that you completely cover any text or logos.

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Add soil, seeds, and watch them sprout! These work just as well on a windowsill as they do in a garden.

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5. Fill an empty wine bottle with water, then quickly turn it over and put it in the soil. This is a great trick for when you’re going on vacation and want to make sure your plants get water.

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6. An old sink could make a great rustic planter.

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7. Plastic takeout forks stuck in soil, weirdly enough, can scare away creatures that would want to snack on your budding vegetables.

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8. You can turn your old strainer into a wind chime by hooking spoons onto the base.

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You can also fill the strainer with real or silk flowers for added decoration.

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9. Don’t throw out your banana peels! Compost them instead. They can be just what your plants need to flourish. The peels are full of calcium, magnesium, sulphur, phosphates, potassium, and sodium.

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10. Coffee can energize plants as much as it perks you up, so bring your used grounds to the garden every morning and add them directly to the soil.

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11. If you dry egg shells out for three days and then add them to the soil, they can provide young seedlings with much-needed calcium.

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12. Create a naturally slow-draining planter using a colander and some coffee filters.

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Add springtime flowers to the mix and hang them somewhere for a beautiful outdoor decoration.

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13. If your home or apartment doesn’t have much space, you can still have a garden with these lovely hanging bottle gardens.

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I can’t wait to do some of these this weekend. Now if I can just find those empty wine bottles…!

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