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Gardening tip: Screen material holds soil in plant pots

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: To provide good drainage, but no soil loss in my potted plants, I place squares of fiberglass window screening in the bottom. Alice Habbal, Monroe

New use for return address label

To keep from losing my cell phone, I put one of my return address stickers on it. I also keep our home phone number listed under “Home” in the address section. Return address labels work well on my glasses case and camera, too. Louise Neal, Shelby

Egg cartons make great packing material

I put clean, foam egg cartons upside down in the bottom of boxes when boxing up fragile items to move or store. You can also put them between larger items and on the inside sides of boxes for further protection. Allana D’Andrea, Mooresville

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