Creative Re-Use Ideas #3--Plastic Plant Pots & Seedling Trays
Have you begun planting your flower beds and vegetable garden yet? If you have, then you probably have a bunch of plastic plant pots and seed trays left over. The question becomes, "What do I do with these now? Can I use them again before I recycle them?"
You certainly can use them again. Here are some creative suggestions from our favorite fix-it-up show, "This Old House" on PBS.
- Displace dirt in larger pots that require more soil than you may have by turning the plastic plant pot you've got hanging around upside down in the bottom of the container that you are using for planting. To say it more succinctly, invert your plastic pot and put it in the bottom of your planter. Fill it with soil and whatever it is you are planting. You end up using less dirt AND that useless plastic pot gets one more use before it's recycled.
- Clean fruits and vegetables before bringing them in from your garden using an old plastic plant pot as a colander. If there aren't enough holes in your plastic pot, just make a few additional ones with a knife, screwdriver or drill.
- An overturned plastic plant pot with a hole or two in the bottom makes for a great way to keep twine or string organized in your potting shed, basement or garage. Simply thred the twine/string through the hole and flip the whole pot over so that it's inverted. Your twine/string will be covered with only a strand of the twine coming out from the hole. (Knitters do the same kind of thing with their yarn!)
- Organize all your screws, washers and small hardware pieces in a seedling tray. Really, you can organize a ton of small household items with these little trays.
If you've got some nifty re-use ideas, please share them with us and we'll pass them on via the Do-Gooder Blog. Email us at email@example.com .
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