It’s amazing what people spend money on when they already have what they need in their own rubbish clearance, for FREE! In fact, the rubbish clearance garden hacks we describe below will actually yield BETTER results than using anything you could purchase from the hardware or garden store. Plus, you’ll have the satisfaction knowing you have done your part to keep rubbish out of the landfill!
1. Cardboard Weed Barrier
This is a simple rubbish clearance hack and it works like a charm. The basic idea is to use a layer of cardboard, instead of garden cloth, under your garden plants to serve as a barrier to weeds. This is the perfect way to recycle cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and really any other food box you find in your pantry! You can also flatten out shipping boxes for this purpose.
You can use this rubbish clearance hack whether you plant your vegetables in a raised bed or directly in the ground. Cardboard is basically highly processed dead trees, i.e. organic carbon based rubbish clearance, that will actually break down completely over time and provide extra nutrients to your soil.
In your garden plot, dig down about ten inches and put your soil aside. Make sure to level the ground as best you can. Place the pieces of cardboard you have saved over the entire area. If the cardboard is starting to roll up, step on these pieces, or bend them the other way, to make them lie flat. Cover the cardboard with the soil you removed. Plant as you normally would.
After harvesting in the fall, till the soil down to the level of the cardboard. This will provide any remaining cardboard with new oxygen and aerobic bacteria to finish the decomposition and recycling process.
2. Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters
This rubbish clearance garden hack works beautifully! And… it’s much easier to use than those plastic seed starters. So, start saving up the toilet paper rolls now. Hint: your kitty will appreciate playing with each roll you save before storing it away for your seedlings! You can also use paper towel rolls if you cut them into pieces.
Fill each toilet paper roll with a good quality potting soil and or your own garden compost. If you want to make them shorter, you can cut each one in half before you fill it with soil. Pack the soil very lightly. You want air to remain between the soil particles so your seedling roots will get oxygen. Align these upright on a reusable tray such as an old casserole dish.
Plant your seeds just as you would in any other plant starter container and place them near a window with sun. Water as normal. Now, here’s the wonderful difference between toilet paper roll seed starters and plastic seed starters: when you are ready to transfer your seedlings into your garden outdoors, you can simply plant the entire toilet paper roll directly into the garden soil! There’s no need to transfer the seedling first because the toilet paper roll will simply disintegrate and contribute more nutrients to the soil!
3. Newspaper Mulch
Newspapers seem to stack up in a hurry! Even if you don’t subscribe to your local newspaper, you likely grab the freebie papers, and those too, seem to accumulate quickly. Now you have a solution to all that newspaper. You can make newspaper mulch with it! What you don’t use for mulch, shred it and put in your compost pile, along with your kitchen scraps and garden waste, to help make more nutritious soil for your plants.
To use newspaper as mulch, lay down about 5-7 sheets and lightly water them so the wind doesn’t blow them away. Next, place a thin layer of soil over the newspaper. You can layer the newspaper between plants or you can do this on a virgin garden bed and simply poke a hole through the newspaper to plant seeds or seedlings.
Many people worry about the newspaper ink containing toxins. The good news is that newspaper inks no longer contain heavy metals, like lead and cadmium, as they did decades ago. The bad news is that some modern newspaper inks do contain petroleum, rather than the safer soy based inks that the majority of newspapers now use. If the ink rubs off easy and or looks faded, it is more likely to be petroleum based rather than soy based. If you are concerned, you may want to restrict your use of newspaper mulch to your non-edible plants.
Do You Have Ideas For More Rubbish Clearance Garden Hacks?
Every little action you take to divert rubbish clearance from our landfills helps leave a better legacy for future generations. Teaching your kids and friends to do the same multiplies that effort! If you have more rubbish clearance garden hacks, please post them to Clearanee’s Facebook page or Tweet them out to Clearabee.
Clearabee is an on demand waste removal company that has been on a steadfast mission for about eight years to divert as much rubbish clearance from our landfills as humanly possible! They hold the record in the UK for diverting NINETY percent of all the rubbish they collect from landfills. They accomplish this by gearing everything in their business toward reusing and upcycling first and then recycling as much of the rest as possible.
Clearabee started out in England and now serves the entire UK, including Scotland and Wales. By using their service, you help to keep your own personal rubbish clearance out of our landfills!