GARDENING TIPS-USING RECYCLED PLASTIC CONTAINERS & OTHER FREE MATERIALS

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Although our City provide a recycling wheelie bin service they do not accept a wide range of plastic types of containers so a lot of food packaging goes with general waste and, always wiith a thought to help the environment , I try and find uses for some of  this packaging in the garden. Here are some of the uses I have put a range of containers to in no particular order.

I grow a number plants from seeds both on windowsills in the house and in the greenhouse I made from reclaimed glazed doors and am fond for example of coriander which is easy to grow indoors all year round. I use two litre pots to sow them in but we tend not to have clear polythene bags in the house for capping the potted seeds , keeping them mosit and warm.  Instead I save the hat shapped see through containers which supermarket popadoms come in as they make a perfect fit dome with a couple of inches for seedlings to grow above soil level. I put a single hole through the middle to allow air to circulate and avoid mildew.

Clear plastic peel away lidded popadom packaging fits perfectly over a 2 litre pot (7 inch pot)

Clear plastic peel away lidded popadom packaging fits perfectly over a 2 litre pot (7 inch pot)

The popadom casse makes a nice little windowsill mini- greenhouse to propogate seeds and holds in mositure and allows room forr tiny seedlings to grow above soil level.

The popadom casse makes a nice little windowsill mini- greenhouse to propogate seeds and holds in mositure and allows room for tiny seedlings to grow above soil level.

Mushrooms and tomatoes come in convenienlty sized deep plastic containers ideal for seedlings . The tomato ones usually have four holes in the bottom ( good for drainage) the  brown mushroom ones I pierce with a drill. I collect and break up broken clay pots and use them to cover holes in the bottom of pots to aid drainage  – you can use old tea bags though .

Mushhroom 9 brown) and tomatoe plastic packaging- ideal for seed trays and planting beans.

Mushhroom ( brown) and tomato plastic packaging (clear )- ideal for seed trays and planting beans.

Potting medium added , levelled off with a tamper made from a broken broom handle offcut with a small oblong of plastixc sheet screweed in one end to level the soil surface prior to planting. I use a permannent thin market to label the containers with names and date planted.

Potting medium added , levelled off with a tamper made from a broken broom handle offcut with a small oblong scrap of rigid plastic sheet screwed in one end to level the soil surface prior to planting. I use a permanent thin marker to label the containers with names and date planted.

 

I drill holes in plastic milk bottle caps one and two litre sizes to make a simple lightweight watering. can

I drill holes in plastic milk bottle caps one and two litre sizes to make a simple lightweight watering can

 

to save the chore of filling watering cans from the tap i use a mix of rainwater and tap water and keep a  lidless recycled plastic litter bin close to my garden tap , filled with water and a jug - easy to quickly scoop a jugfull and water inndividual plants in containers.

to save the chore of filling watering cans from the tap I use a mix of rainwater and tap water and keep a lidless recycled plastic litter bin close to my garden tap , filled with water and a jug – easy to quickly scoop a jugfull and water inndividual plants in containers.

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MORE IDEAS FOR FREE PLANT CONTAINERS FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS

It’s amazing what people throw away and so much of which I am happy to collect and  can find a use for. Second hand decking to make stylish box containers, rough sawn free wood from a reclaimed pallet I  dismantled  to make a sturdy table for my plants next to one of the two salvaged shallow stone sinks ( actually dug them up in the garden so original to the house )I have- one for potting and watering the other  a bird bath. A range of pots people have dumped, an old ceramic biscuit container added just for fun and to amuse out little grandson.

 

I am amazed how many people throw away buckets either they are cracket or have cement or plaster stuck to them- cleaned out they make very servicable free plant containers.

I am amazed how many people throw away buckets either they are cracked or have cement or plaster stuck to them- cleaned out they make very servicable free plant containers.

 

the non stick big wok became unusable so i drilled a few holes in the steel bottom and used that as a planter.

The non stick big wok became unusable so I drilled a few holes in the steel bottom and used that as a planter.

 

Washed out , a few holes drilled in the bottom as drainage holes 5 & 10 litre paint tubs make free planters.

Washed out , a few holes drilled in the bottom as drainage holes 5 & 10 litre plastic paint tubs make free planters.

To diguise the paint tubs i wire together slats of wood cut to size and wrapped around the tub to give a free barrel effect ( using reclaimed scarp wood) christams tree  thick log support rubbed down and varnished to make a natural plant stand.

To disguise the paint tubs I wire together slats of wood cut to size and wrapped around the tub to give a free barrel effect ( using reclaimed scarp wood) Christams tree thick log support rubbed down and varnished to make a natural plant stand. Favourite but slightly chipped mugs, drilled wiith one hole using a tile drill for drainage adds a bit of fun and interest.

 

Reclaimed chimney pot makes a nice planter for trailing plants- found a paint tub tthat fitted exactly as a liner.

Reclaimed chimney pot makes a nice planter for trailing plants- found a paint tub that fitted exactly as a liner.

 

Simple box construction scrap wood planter made from dismantled reclaimed pallets.

Simple box construction scrap wood planter made from dismantled reclaimed pallets.

 

Made an archway from recycled wooden ladder and discarded trellis to make my own trellis between the ladder arch.

Made an archway from recycled wooden ladder and discarded trellis to make my own trellis between the ladder arch.

 

another simple wooden box planter- so easy to assemble.

Another simple wooden box planter- so easy to assemble.

Discarded rain pipe" hopers"  are easy to fix to a wall and make attactive plant containers.

Discarded rain pipe” hoppers” are easy to fix to a wall and make attactive plant containers.

 

cheap plastic small washing up bowl- drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage and simple shallow planter for my strawberries.

Cheap plastic small washing up bowl- drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage and simple shallow planter for my strawberries.

 

small cast iron pig shaped barbecue- few holes drilled for drainage- a novel planter.

Small cast iron pig shaped barbecue- few holes drilled for drainage- a novel planter

 

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