6 Ideas to Upcycle Plastic in Your Garden

My #sixonsaturday this week is  to suggest six effective ways to upcycle plastic in your garden rather than disposing in the recycling bin, or trash. Come on fellow gardeners, get creative with plastic!

1. Recycling Water

Water is a precious resource. When practical I recycle grey water from the house (washing machine, bath, showers etc) which I use on shrubs.  And rainwater which is good for plants in containers.

Storing recycled water
Storing recycled water

The most obvious receptacles for this are the plastic water bottles. Before anyone asks, we only drink bottled water. I have been extremely ill on two occasions through drinking tap water, so now I prefer not to take the risk.

2. Using Plastic Bottles and Yogurt Containers as Plant Pots

Upcycled plastic  bottles make great plant pots.  The top part of the bottle I use as mini cloches to protect young plants (see below)

Upcycle Plastic bottles as Plant Pots for Cuttings etc
Upcycle Plastic bottles as Plant Pots for Cuttings etc

And yogurt pots are great to plant on seedlings and small succulent cuttings.

Yogurt pots upcycled to plant pots
Yogurt pots upcycled to plant pots

3. Upcycle Plastic Bottles as Plant Collars

Plastic collars cut from plastic bottles help to protect young plants from slugs and snails.

 

plastic collars to protect plants
plastic collars to protect plants

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Protective Plastic Collar For Young Plants
Protective Plastic Collar For Young Plants

4. Unusual Ideas for Plastic Cloches

One day I went to our local lixo (community trash bins) and found an old upright freezer. You can imagine my delight when I noticed there were two plastic drawers in good clean condition.

Plastic Fridge Drawers Upcycled as Cloches
Plastic Freezer Drawers Upcycled as Cloches

A further use for the top half of plastic bottle is to create mini cloches for individual pot plants. I find these particularly useful when taking plant cuttings or growing plants from seeds.

Mini cloches from plastic bottle
Mini cloches from plastic bottle

Another popular item dumped at our local lixo bins are an assortment of plastic crates. With a little mental dexterity you can upcycle plastic crates to cloches

Cloche upcycled from Plastic Crates

5. Use Plastic Crates to Protect Your strawberries from the Birds (or Cats)

I now have a collection of this type of  plastic crates which over time I have found invaluable in the garden, especially if you are plagued by greedy birds intent on eating your strawberries, or the neighbours cat who insists on using your newly dug veg patch as its toilet.

Strawberries growing in crates
Strawberries growing in crate

Or to screen young plants from strong sun

Plastic Crates Diffuse strong Sunlight
Plastic Crates Diffuse strong Sunlight

6. Upcycling Plastic Containers to Grow Fruit and Vegetables

These plastic crates are sturdier and deeper than those pictured above. I line the crate with plastic from the compost bags and fill will good quality composts.

they are perfect for salad crops such as lettuce, rocket, spring onions, radish etc.

Upcycle old plastic crates to grow salad crops
Upcycle old plastic crates to grow salad crops

I also grow all my strawberries in an assortment of plastic crates.

Strawberries growing in plastic containers
Strawberries growing in plastic containers
Upcycled Plastic Paint Pot
Upcycled Plastic Paint Pot

Who knew melons would grow so well in an old plastic paint pot?

How do you upcycle in your garden?

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Related Posts: 

Six on Saturday: A Tour of My Garden – November (part 1)

Six on Saturday: A Tour of My Garden – November (part II)

 

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      1. We try to limit the use of plastic as much as possible, though it sometimes seems an almost impossible task.
        We generally recycle – all our plastic goes to a dropping point at our local vet.
        However, I usually use cream cheese tubs for germinating seeds.

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  1. There is too much plastic in our lives, Tony. So whatever i buy I always look for the recyclable symbol and recycle unless i can reuse. All the plastic bottles can be recycled but before I put them in that bin, I reuse for water or whatever first. If i can reuse something two or three times +

    I also find a lot of plastic items dumped at our local bins. 🙂

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  2. It’s the ever increasing mountains of plastic plant pots that worry me, otherwise I don’t accumulate much. I am always on the look out for those little plastic crates though, like you I like to grow salads in them.

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    1. I have a whole storage bin full of plastic pots in various sizes. Laughing, I collected them from the rubbish bins. I never plant my pot grown plants directly into decorative pots so the more variety of sides I have the better. I wonder if they could make plant pots recyclable. Next time I go to a big gardencenter I will ask.

      The crates are great for so many uses. I also use them for storing my craft materials. Some of them stack so they are perfect.

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  3. I’ve used a few of these ideas before – bottles & yogurt tubs as pots & clochs. I use a crate left at our place for carrying around trays of seedlings – as I only have one, I’d hate to give it up for planting. Could you line a crate w/something not plastic, like cardboard? Altho using the compost bags is a great idea. Good post.

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