There may be snow on the ground, but now is a good time to start saving items you would normally discard to use in your spring garden. Save worn T-shirts and pantyhose and cut them into strips to tie plants to support stakes. Cardboard egg cartons can be filled with potting soil to start seedlings. When the plant is ready to move outside, simply tear the cup and place it in the ground -- cardboard and all! And used paint stirrers can be plant ID markers; just write the plant name on the stirrer with a permanent ink pen and stick it in the ground.