Satellite Dish Shade Structure

A recycled satellite TV dish becomes a simple rustic shade structure.

Pin of the day! Rethinking Cone Wreaths

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                  This great new idea reinvents the old pine cone door wreath into a beautiful alternative.  The snow flake design wired together is cheap and easy if you have a cone bearing conifer in your yard.  Or maybe you’ll find it along the road where cones are too often lost to being run over by cars!  Save the cones and get started today. For 1400 other cheap or free ideas for holiday decor visit the Small Budget Gardening Pinterest board and join the fun with 2200 other dedicated followers. http://pinterest.com/maureengilmer/small-budget-gardening/  

Get Ideas: Follow Maureen Gilmer’s Pinterest Boards

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Small Budget Gardening This board was created for those with little money to spend and lot of creativity. It contains over 400 individual ideas for affordable gardening and garden making for homeowners, renters and apartment dwellers.
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Fresh Budget Gardening Ideas for 2012

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I am a HUGE fan of new ideas for creating fabulous gardens on a shoestring. Since publishing The Small Budget Gardener, my excitement over recycled and reused items has exploded into hundreds of new ideas from around the world. They’re at my Small Budget Gardening board on Pinterest, a cool new site where all my fans can share these discoveries. Before you start gardening this spring, be sure to look these over for hundreds of ways to save money and get far more garden for each penny you spend.
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Cheap & Easy Straw-bale Planters

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While speaking at the Disney Epcot Flower & Garden Festival on my book, The Small Budget Gardener, I discovered these straw-bale gardens in the park. My book tells you how to create the planters made from a bale of straw costing just $3 to $6. These are really great examples of this super cheap idea. They’ve planted it with greens, another with herbs and the third mixed showing its versatility. When the bale finally breaks down, you can take it apart and use for mulch. No waste, no unnecessary expenses.

Supermarket Indian Corn for the Garden

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With Thanksgiving comes Indian corn, the Small Budget Gardener’s secret seed source. Large ears may be all one color, they may be a mixture of wide ranging hues or just lightly speckled. Small strawberry popcorn with its flint hard ruby red kernels resemble a fat strawberry fruit. Slender miniature popcorn are jewel tone decorations. All of these are two-for-one purchases because they may be enjoyed as decor, then saved over winter and planted in the summer garden to grow your own next year. This is loads of fun for the kids and teaches so much when you complete the whole cycle. So pick your ears at the market with care and be sure to plant the colors separately to prevent cross pollination so your next crop is identical to its predecessor.

Free eBook: Green Holiday Decorating From The Garden

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Save your money by decorating naturally with my free eBook. It’s an age old practice that’s been replaced by tinsel and plastic and paint. Yet all over America are gardens and homesites filled with plants that offer aromatic evergreen foliage, bright berries and dried seed pods. It’s easy to get started.  Just download this full color PDF to learn how to gather from your garden as well as those of neighbors, friends, and relatives. Click here for the holiday eBook: http://www.moplants.com/eBooks.php