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A major goal of gardening sustainably is to cut off the waste stream, and one great way to do that is to reuse and recycle materials that others may see as trash. Here are a few first-hand ideas shared by gardeners. 1. I use an old plastic mesh bag to round up leftover slivers of soap. I rubber-band the bag so it’s tight and hang it next to the hose. The combo of the slightly abrasive bag and the soap scrubs off garden dirt. 2. I made row covers out of tomato cages, old rebar I got free, and used blankets I got at the local thrift store. 3. Instead of purchasing expensive weed-blocking landscape cloth, I use free old tarps from my local lumber store that they used to cover wood during shipping. 4. I gather pieces of concrete to use as stepping stones in my garden. 5. I recycle drink cups to grow tomatoes from seed. When they’re ready to transplant, I simply remove the bott...

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