I have decided to have a recycling week theme for the blog. Please join in with your recycling ideas for in the garden, allotment or in the home?
Today its flower pots or plant pots. I had one of my Eureka moments yesterday morning when I was wakening from my slumber. I was thinking to myself:
"Why are plant pots brown? Even when they are plastic." I suppose its because flower pots/plant pots use to be made mainly out of terracotta clay. How many gardeners have heavy clay in their gardens? Imagine if you could make pots or turn a potters wheel? Remember Pansy Potter The Strong mans Daughter? Oh to read The Dandy and The Beano again! Remember Corporal Clott from The Victor comic? He could take on a German Panzer unit with his bare fists. What about Roy of the Rovers?
Sorry I digress. I am always looking for plant pots to make new garden plants with. I could always buy some small four inch pots for about fifteen Cents each. Or I could always make some for free? So that is what I did. I saved one Euro fifty for myself and recycled some plastic. Its an help anyway.
|New see through plant pot. Should be great especially for cuttings. |
Plastic bottles rescued from the recycling bin. They are cut in half to make cloches (top half) to protect our delicate vegetable plants from Mr and Mrs Snail and Slug. The bottom half have holes made in them for drainage. I used a knife but its far safer to use a battery drill!
I made about fifteen plant pots for free. They are at the side of my my'potting'bath in the poly-tunnel. I fill the bath with my homemade potting mix. Soil and gritty sand are the main ingredients. They are only going into garden soil when they are planted out so I don't bother buying compost for herbaceous perennials. I do for cuttings and sowing seeds sometimes!
Somebody gave me some cooking oil buckets. I fill them with water and use them to fill my watering can. My late mother use to call it a "Degging" can. Apparently its an old Lancashire word for a watering can. The water in the buckets help to keep a humid almost Tropical climate in the poly-tunnel. Some people would say it looks cluttered. But it saves filling up the watering can from the tap outside the farm house. I sometimes use the hose pipe but its a bit harsh and heavy on seedlings and new plants.
Some plant pots made from the cooking oil tubs. We drilled holes in them and filled them up with garden soil from the veg plot. The holes in the veg pot were filled with well rotted cow manure. Garden soil is like a bank account. You should not take it out unless your going to put something back!
Talking of money. I split two of my Phormiums (New Zealand Flax) and planted them. There are over twenty of them. I saw some in a garden centre for fifteen Euros a piece the other day. I will sell them you for a fiver each or perhaps we could barter?
You can see my pig slat path. This was another recycling idea. It collects grass and I should have put a membrane (plastic bags) under it. But I didn't and it will get weeded like everywhere else. More recycling ideas soon. What recycling ideas have you?