(3) Saving eggshells which will add calcium to the soil and also deter slugs and Japanese beetles. I have been rinsing out the egg shells and keeping them in a closed container.
(4) Save your large plastic produce containers. Any size will do, but I like these super sized ones. I use these to start seedlings. They have built in drainage and become a miniature green house. I line the bottom of each container with coffee filters and then add quality potting soil and seeds. I use a Sharpie marker to label the type of plant and sun conditions on the lid. Once they are all planted I put a board across my kids wagon and roll them into the sun during warm days. Be sure to take the lids off in the sun or your plants may fry up! During chilly nights I close up the lids, roll them into the garage and cover them with a thick blanket.
(5) Lastly, do your best to protect your plants from hungry deer. Last year the deer were quick to devour my hyacinth, tulips, hostas, and sedum. This year I will be ready and will spray my plants before it is too late. I use a large spray bottle (approx. 1/2 gallon size) filled with water and a Tablespoon of Murphy's Oil Soap shaken in. Simply spray your yummiest plants and the deer will hopefully dislike the flavor and leave them alone. Respray after it rains.
(6) As I wait for the snow to melt and for gardening season to begin I am staying busy by designing gardens as well as working on projects inside our home. Stop back soon to see the fun I've been having! Happy prepping.