The cheapest way I've found to start my garden plants and herbs is to re-use yogurt containers, eggshell cartons and the broken eggshells themselves. Using large plastic salad tubs as a mini greenhouse works great too! No more expensive jiffy pots and greenhouses for me.
For starting plants in the yogurt containers I wad up a small bit of paper towel and then fill with dirt. Plant the seed, water regularly and voila! It will germinate quickly and then you can plant it in the ground. Place dirt in an eggshell or bottom of eggshell carton and do the same. Works great!
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During the spring and summer months you can save a lot of money on salads by growing your own lettuce! No need to feel intimidated by the project because you can buy starter lettuce beds from a nursery (usually only a few dollars) and plant them at home in your garden or a large planter. I live in an apartment with a small patio and I have plenty of room for my greens! If you harvest carefully they'll keep you in salads for months!
It's easy to reach 10,000 steps at work when you go to the next furthest water cooler for refills, go to the far restroom. Try walking to your co-workers instead of e-mailing. I work in an auto plant and found that I can reach 1/3 of my goal in the first two hours of the day just by "going long".
Get a pedometer for starters. If you're just starting out get a simple one.
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