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More Ideas for Recycling Plastic Jugs

By CDsSister
September 15, 2012

We hear it every day; we need to keep plastic out of the landfills. There are many ways gardeners can help by making use of milk jugs and other plastic bottles around the house. Creative cutting is the key.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 14, 2012 6:58 PM CST
What great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful tips for recycling plastic bottles/jugs!!! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 14, 2012 9:18 PM CST
I agree Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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CDsSister
Sep 14, 2012 9:53 PM CST

You are most welcome .. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. . I thought some of them were kinda neat. Have others that have nothing to do with plants

Maybe I will put them in a blog.

Thanks to Sharon for editing. Thumbs up Thumbs up



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goldfinch4
Sep 15, 2012 1:24 AM CST
Great ideas Marilyn!! Thanks! Thumbs up
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kqcrna
Sep 15, 2012 5:04 AM CST
Best use is wintersowing seeds Smiling

They're also good for propagating cuttings.

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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2012 8:25 AM CST
I have used them for winter sowing seeds.
Love the idea of using for solar heat with cloth over them and plants. Thumbs up
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 15, 2012 10:40 AM CST
valleylynn said:I have used them for winter sowing seeds.
Love the idea of using for solar heat with cloth over them and plants. Thumbs up


Meeeeee too!
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CDsSister
Sep 15, 2012 1:44 PM CST


Will be trying that for sure. We have bright sun shine mid winter even when very cold. So hope this does the job

of keeping some of my more tender plants happy. Rolling my eyes.
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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2012 6:37 PM CST
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canadanna
Sep 15, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Great ideas but you forgot to warn all us hoarders! Whistling
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CDsSister
Sep 15, 2012 9:17 PM CST


Hoarding in this case is permitted. Of course when they over top you storage space .. and the hallways, and the bathroom/s.

Then it is time to offer them as a monthly prize on ATP. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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valleylynn
Sep 15, 2012 9:52 PM CST
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 16, 2012 5:59 AM CST
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hazelnut
Sep 16, 2012 9:45 AM CST
yesj. Hoarding can be a problem. 2 l plastic drink bottles. Make an osmosis weed killer container. Cut around the bottle about 8 inches from the bottom, where it starts to taper into the funnel--but leave about 3/4 inch for a hinge. Put the cap on the bottle. Drill a hole for hanging the bottle with a hot ice pick about 1 inch below the cutting line. Put a plastic S hook In the hole and orient the hook to hang over a branch. Squash the ends of weedy vines such as kudzu, trumpet creeper, autumn clematis, or Asian wisteria. Pour glyphsate or other weed killer at regular dilution into the body of the bottle. Insert the vines and hinge over the cover to keep birds, cats, etc. from drinking the toxic substance.This method will minimize environmental contamination when using toxic weed killers.

Winter sowing containers can also be made out of hinged plastic bottles.
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CDsSister
Sep 16, 2012 11:50 AM CST


Let me understand. You put the vines into the bottle, so they will suck up the weed killer??? I suppose just letting it drip into the weeds could poison the wildlife?

Ingenious.

Thanks, I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.

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canadanna
Sep 16, 2012 3:59 PM CST
CDsSister said:

Let me understand. You put the vines into the bottle, so they will suck up the weed killer??? I suppose just letting it drip into the weeds could poison the wildlife?

Ingenious.

Thanks, I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.


I agree
You guys are hilarious! I also love those soda bottles!

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