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.
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)
And yogurt pots are great to plant on seedlings and small succulent cuttings.
3. Upcycle Plastic Bottles as Plant Collars
Plastic collars cut from plastic bottles help to protect young plants from slugs and snails.
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.
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.
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
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.
Or to screen young plants from strong sun
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.
I also grow all my strawberries in an assortment of plastic crates.
Who knew melons would grow so well in an old plastic paint pot?
How do you upcycle in your garden?
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