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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: Nancy Osadchuk
Calgary, Alberta (Zone 3a)
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horsefethers
Sep 15, 2012 7:26 AM CST
Cut the bottom off on an angle and you have a new scoop with handle. Or can be used as a funnel for filling bird feeders, just unscrew the cap.
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Sep 15, 2012 1:47 PM CST

I made a couple of different size scoops, even one from a bottle with no handle.

Just taped a dowel into the opening and it works great... It is a small scoop.

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Granalene
Sep 16, 2012 9:25 PM CST
I used a gallon milk jug to make a hanging planter. Cut an opening at the top in front of the handle big enough to water from the top. I cut 4 holes (about 2 inch circles) around the jug spaced out. The jug is easily cut with a knife. Put soil in the jug up to the first hole, put a plant with small roots through the hole, continue up, wetting and pressing down soil as you plant. I used begonias. It did not take long til the jug was a ball of blooms. I used a strong cord around the handle to hang on a tree branch. It tilted a little, so when watering from the top, I had to hold up for the water to get inside good. There are probably many other plants that would be pretty. I was going to do a sedum one this summer because of less watering, but did not get to it--maybe next year.
I hope some of you try this. It is a freebie planter!!

Take care,
Arlene Smiling
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Sep 17, 2012 8:46 AM CST


Now that is one I have not heard before. Sounds like a good idea. Hurray!

Thanks I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Sep 17, 2012 2:37 PM CST
In winter here it is veggie growing season. But we do get cold nights fairly often, so they help keep the veggie plants warm and producing. Jugs that are clear or translucent, I fill with water and used coffee grounds to make the water dark. then use as heat sinks all around my yard, and around my Earth Boxes. White jugs I paint with a dark color spray paint.

I also use them as scoops, and they make great bailers in boats, too!
Elaine

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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Sep 17, 2012 7:48 PM CST

Great !!!1 Some more expansions of ideas and new good ideas I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.

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