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Simple Recycle, Reuse Idea

By Toni
July 27, 2016

It is seed-starting time for some of us, which presented me with a dilemma. I had my seeds and my beautiful seed- starting compressed bale medium, but no scoop!

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Name: Christie
43016 (Zone 6b)
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cwhitt
Jul 27, 2016 8:57 AM CST
My sailing club makes bailing buckets this way to bail swamped boats, but I never thought of using it this way - one more great idea to keep our landfills from filling up! Thanks!
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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
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DigginDirt
Jul 27, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Thanks, Toni!
I'm going to use your idea except with a different sized containers. Large for mixes, small ones so I can fill houseplant pots... I try to use a trowel but most of the time I wind up just using my hands.
Something that will make this idea a great use is for when we have mix "recipes". You know: one part soil, one part compost, one part perlite as an example. The scoop would make easy work of that as we don't really know or care exactly how much "one part" is. I often just use a small 3-4" pot a plant came in but many times they are too thin/flimsy to scoop enough at one time; and if I pick up a larger pot it is sometimes too big to fit in the bucket I keep ingredients in.
Name: Don Shirer
Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a)
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DonShirer
Jul 28, 2016 7:18 AM CST
I made a similar but smaller scoop from a plastic half-gallon milk carton some years ago. It was ok, but the thicker walls on your soap jug are probably better for a larger and sturdier scoop.
Name: Stephanie
Fort Worth, TX (8a)
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stephanietx
Jul 30, 2016 8:01 AM CST
We do this at my house! I use scoops like this for spreading things like dry molasses, cornmeal, and alfalfa pellets. We even use one inside to fill up the cat litter boxes!
Delaware (Zone 7b)
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gardeningal
Jul 30, 2016 8:18 AM CST
Fantastic way to save money and recycle!! It will last a good long time as well.
Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
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DigginDirt
Jul 30, 2016 3:16 PM CST
I just realized if I unscrew the lid I have a funnel! getting sand & gravel where I want in a planter is less messy and more accurate. I haven't made a big one yet, only a small one from a plastic water bottle (amazing how you don't have things when you need them huh?) My daughter drinks something that looks something like Gater-aid which uses thicker plastic that I want to recycle to make a small scoop.
Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jul 31, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Was the lid side [top] portion not suitable for this? I also reuse many things like this.
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Name: Bob
Clayton, NC (Zone 7b)
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DigginDirt
Jul 31, 2016 3:47 PM CST
I was using the lid end... the tapered shape makes a great handle. I was just having a senior moment, then realized I can remove the lid...
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jul 31, 2016 7:14 PM CST
Also works great for scooping bird seed out of bags, leave the lid on and use if for column type feeders.

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