I recently visited Dollar Tree for the first time. I didn't really believe it, but Yes...everything in the store is $1 ! I walked the entire store, and was astonished at the variety of "stuff" I could buy for a dollar. I didn't buy anything on the first visit...or the second... but on the third I filled up my cart!
I looked at every item with the thought: "What else can I use this for?"
Check out some of the things I bought:
The red strainer in the front can be used to sift potting soil, compost, worm castings, or just plain dirt. The scoops (notice one has a RED handle and one has a BLUE handle) can be used for scooping stuff into the sifter, to fill seed starter trays with soil, for measuring and scooping items when you make your own potting mix, and MORE. The coffee measurers can be used as "mini-scoops" for scooping and measuring smaller amounts, such as blood meal, bone meal, sulfur, lime and fertilizer.
The three glass shakers have pretty large holes. (If you want the holes even larger, it's easy to drill them out!) Use them for applying dry fertilizer, soil, or other granular or powdery things that don't need to be measured exactly. (Great for container gardens!) I like to use them to sprinkle a thin layer of soil over carrot or other tiny seeds that I've planted. This can be done in the field as well as in the plant starter room.
If you MUST apply insecticides like Sevin dust, these are great for dusting your flower plants. You can even use them to apply light sprinkles of liquids on soil or plants. I recommend that you buy several and use each for ONLY one product. Label them CLEARLY!
The salt and pepper shakers can be used the same way, but for smaller quantities of product. They are also useful for spreading or dispensing those tiny seeds that are too difficult to sow by hand. (Even though the holes in the salt and pepper shakers are the same size, you can drill either or both of them out larger. Since they are plastic, you can even use a pencil soldering iron to enlarge the holes.) These are very cheap, so again I recommend that you use each shaker for ONLY one product and that you label them well.
If you use these items for gardening, be sure NOT to mix them up with kitchen utensils! Keep them in the garden shed or starter room and NEVER put them in the dishwasher.
Check out Dollar Stores, thrift shops, Goodwill and other such outlets. As you shop, be thinking "What else can I do with this item?" Email me with your best finds.