Use What You Got! 16 Gardening Ideas from Our Fave Bloggers

From broken pots turned into decorative mulch to totems made from glass discards, we asked bloggers to share their most creative ways to upcycle in the garden (17 Photos)

Jennifer Steil on Mar 30, 2013 at 12:11PM

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The Idea: Create a Potato Patch in Your Old Kiddie Pool

Growing your own potatoes allows you to try varieties that you can’t find at your local grocery store. Buy seed potatoes from your neighborhood nursery or farmers’ market, or order them online. You could also use potatoes in your kitchen that are starting to sprout. If they’re larger than a golf ball, cut them into pieces, leaving one or two eyes on each piece. Place the pool in a location that gets plenty of sun and is easy to access. Use a box cutter to make a few drainage holes in the bottom of the pool and add about six inches of organic potting soil. Next, place your potatoes in the soil about 8 to 12 inches apart in all directions and cover them with another few inches of soil and compost. Each piece will grow into its own potato plant. Water regularly to keep the earth moist but not wet. Once your potatoes grow to about 6 inches, add more soil at the base of each plant. In just a couple of months, you’ll be able to make homegrown latkes!

The Blogger: Melissa Willis, Sky Minded & Ever Growing

Why It’s Smart: Not only do you get to upcycle a big piece of plastic that would normally find its way to a landfill, but you’ll also enjoy your own homegrown potatoes.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: An hour

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