Monday, May 2, 2011

Guest Post with Michael Nolan "How to Trash Your Garden"

Today, I am honored to have a  guest post by Michael Nolan "The Garden Rockstar" He is sharing with us "How to Trash Your Garden" 

Now that I have your attention!
 Michael Nolan is a book Author! He is a Co-writer of  "I Garden: Urban Style"
A great book that showcases Urban Gardens! Michael also writes on his own blog  "My Earth Garden" where he shares his love of gardening, food, environment and building his own rural  Homestead from the ground up! This month on "My Earth Garden" Michael is going "Around the Blog in 31 days" He will be doing guests posts on 31 blogs in the month of May!

I always enjoy reading Michael's blog, I especially love his "How to videos" & I really love his videos where he lets loose and has fun being who he is! I hope you check Michael out after reading his guest post! He is a Fabulous guy to hang with on Twitter & a great guy to learn from!

I know introduce you to the Fabulous Michael Nolan....

How to Trash Your Garden

A guest post by author Michael Nolan
I love talking trash.  As a southerner it is my birthright.  In this case though, we’re going to talk trash in a different way as I give you a few examples of how to trash your garden using recycled materials, look cool, be eco-friendly and save a little cash in the process.
Seed Starters
There are so many different things that can be used as seed starting pots.  From fiberboard egg cartons to the egg shells themselves, paper towel & toilet paper rolls to newspaper seed starting pots, the sky is really the limit and a little creativity is often all it takes.  It is not necessary to buy them, but if you feel the need to spend money on them please just ask & I will make you some.

Plant Markers
Please tell me you don’t buy plant markers.  Just… don’t.  If you have an old set of broken down mini blinds, cut them down into 8” lengths, trim one end into a point and you have readymade plant markers that will last the entire season and then some.  You can even recycle an aluminum drink can into some free metal plant tags if you’re feeling really crafty.
Recycling Plants
If you aren’t recycling plants, what’s wrong with you?  Most of every plant can be recycled from feed for pet chickens to the precious compost pile that you should be building, and don’t forget seed saving! Saving your own seed is the ultimate in recycling in the garden.
You can trash your garden like a pro when you allow yourself to see beyond the common uses for everyday items around you.  Give the local landfill a break and your garden will thank you for it.

Michael Nolan, The Garden Rockstar is an author, blogger and speaker on gardening, sustainability, food ethics and homesteading.  He is currently in the process of writing a new guest post on a different site for each day in May. To follow his progress, visit

I hope you all enjoyed Michael's guest post. If you have any questions for Michael, he would love to answer them for you.

Thank you Michael for being a guest today on Jenn's Cooking Garden! I look forward to reading all your posts for the next 31 days!


  1. I was already planning on doing a post on alternative (ie trash) starter pots in a couple days. I'll have to remember to link to this post to give people other ideas!

  2. I am always a little lost on seed saving. What are the basic steps of seed saving? Let's say I have a cantalope that is chock full 'o seeds. How do I save them for next year's planting?

  3. That Michael Nolan ceases to amaze me at the whimsy and simple ways of doing things. Like anotherkindofdrew states, I am unsure of the process of seed saving. We usually buy ours in the envelopes and go from there. I have tried to save some tomato seeds in the past, but they never did very well. Nice post!

    Nice blog, Jenn!

  4. Chris, Thanks for visiting! I love sharing blogs with like minded folks! I am loving your blog!

    anotherkindofdrew, say that fast 5 times, lol! I feel a seed saving post may be in the very near future! Melons are easy, rinse well and let them dry out a couple weeks on a paper plate or paper towels, and poof! Seeds for next year. Do use your own melons you grow or a farmers market. This way you know you are using true seeds and not GMO'S.

    Scissors & Drumsticks, Michael is RAD! Ideas are always bursting at the seams for this guy! Tomato seed saving can be tricky! I will do a seed saving post soon :-)

  5. I like the idea of cutting up pop cans and using those for markers. I will probably try that one. Great post.

  6. Loved this post! I have some blinds that I'm planning to make into plant tags. :)

  7. @Chris: Be sure to let us know when your post is up!

    @Drew: The steps for seed saving vary depending on the particular veggie or fruit. I'll be putting together blog posts and videos about how to harvest seeds for a variety of items soon. Until then, Jenn's advice about melons is spot on.

    @Scissors & Drumsticks: Tomato seed saving doesn't have to be complicated but it does take a couple of steps. It isn't an automatic process because the seeds have to ferment before they are viable.

  8. Thanks everyone for visiting! I challenge you all to recycle in your gardens!

  9. It was a nice post!! The ideas are fantastic!


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