If this was a list of the top 13 things organic gardeners do that annoy their spouses, this would be number 1. Gardeners are inherently savers of stuff. That stuff often includes things that we may or may not find in the trash. Some favorites include cardboard and newspaper, which are very common mediums of weed control. If you have a lot of perennial weeds (such as thistle), cover the entire area with several layers of newspaper or cardboard, and cover that with a layer of mulch or compost. We also like to use these as a base layer when starting a new raised bed.
We also hoard chopsticks, one of the most versatile gardening tools you can find. Here are 14 ways to use chopsticks in the garden.
Yogurt containers are also fair game. If you wash them out, you’ve just found yourself a simple little container that can be used as a planter (just poke a few holes in the bottom for drainage), as plant labels (if you cut them into strips), as seed collection containers, or as small harvesting vessels for your tiny crops, such as cherry tomatoes, berries, beans, etc.