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Carpets in the beds

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

Do you have an old carpet at home that you don't know what to do with? Well, I read recently that an OLD CARPET makes a PERFECT "weed mat" for  use on garden beds!

You lay it in and around your plants within the garden bed and it blocks any weeds from growing through but because it is porous, it still allows water through for your plants.


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Be creative with paint

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Office Tips 
Think about how you can use old furniture before you just throw it away. You may have a spot for seating in your garden, or perhaps that old table, with a coat of paint could be lovely on the veranda.
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Mulch with newspapers

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 
Not only do worms and your garden composter love old newspaper, why not also use it as 'weed suppressor' under mulch. AND remember you can use it to clean windows..
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FINALLY - a good use for pantyhose

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Recycle & Reinvent 

I cannot stand wearing pantyhose (and my commiserations to those that have to), so it is nice to finally put mine to good use.

A great place to use them is in the garden, which I did recently when I attached tree orchids to a stump in the garden. You can also use them to tie plants like tomatoes to stakes (keeping them straight and strong).

I have also been told pantyhose comes in handy to make potpourri 'sachets' but I must say, I haven't tried this one.


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Make that garage work for you

Posted by Head Chiquita on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, In : Home Tips 

Whether you have one garage or two, it needs to be organised otherwise it risks becoming the dumping ground for all manner of household items.  So, if your garage isn't working for you, resulting in you parking one of your largest assets outside, then you need to make a plan!

Start, as usual, by taking everything out so you can see what you have and what you don't need. It is a process, but the best tip, once you have sorted through everything, is to group your items by cate...


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