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Easy Gardening With Kitchen Clutter

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You know what all this warm weather means don't you? That's right—it's time to get those seeds in the ground for your flower or vegetable garden! Whether you're planting fancy flowers or plump produce you can save time by turning a piece of kitchen clutter into a seed spreader.

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1 Making a DIY seed spreader is simple and makes planting a cinch this spring!

2 You'll need an empty coffee can.

3 And a hammer and nail, or a hand held can opener.

4 Use the hammer to tap the nail into the bottom of the can, creating little holes for the seeds to sift through.

5 The holes should be big enough for the seeds to get through.

6 If you have much larger seeds, you may have to use a handheld can opener.

7 Make sure the larger seeds will fit.

8 Once you've created the holes, cover the bottom of the can with one of the lids.

9 Next, dump the seeds into the can.

10 Finally, cover the top with the second lid. When you're ready to plant, just uncover the bottom and sprinkle the seeds easily and evenly.

You'll need:

  • an empty coffee can
  • a 2nd plastic lid from the same size can
  • a packet of seeds
  • a hammer and nail

Step One
Using the hammer hit the nail through the bottom of the can to make a variety of holes through which the seeds will fall. Note: If you have larger seeds make larger holes with a hand-held can opener instead of a nail.

Step Two
Place one of the plastic lids onto the bottom of the can to cover the holes you made.

Step Three
Open your seed packet and dump the seeds into the can.

Step Four
Seal the can by placing the second lid onto the top of the can.

Step Five (optional)
If you plan to store the excess seeds inside the can then tape the packet to the outside so you know which seeds are which.

When it is time for you to sprinkle the seeds just expose the holes by taking off the bottom lid and shake to dispense over the soil. Growing your own flower or vegetable garden will be easier when make a useful seed spreader from spare coffee can that was once considered clutter. Happy gardening!

What other household items do you hate throwing away but aren't sure how to put to good use? I take requests!

Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free!

Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.

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