Milk Jugs in the Garden: a different twist...

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Milk Jugs in the Garden

By critterologist
March 5, 2012

An empty milk jug with its top (but not its handle) cut off makes a great scoop for sunflower seeds, vermiculite, etc.

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Name: Kristi
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pod
Mar 4, 2012 11:28 PM CST
I do something similar only I cut the bottom off at an angle leaving the opposite side from the handle a bit pointed.

Then I can use it as a scoop or if needed, I can remove the cap and use it as a funnel.

Milk jugs... almost as handy as a pocket on a shirt!













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critterologist
Mar 4, 2012 11:38 PM CST
:-)

I did almost cut off the bottom rather than the top, but with my bird feeder it's easier to fill it by pouring than by funneling.

I did recently see a bird seed scoop/funnel in a fancy catalog.. functionally the same as a milk jug with its bottom cut off, but I think they wanted $30 for the "pretty" version LOL.
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RickCorey
Mar 5, 2012 12:13 AM CST
I never buy a gallon of milk, but laundry detergent jugs work well for me as scoops. Heavy gauge plastic, too.


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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Mar 5, 2012 12:53 AM CST
Cool! They'd be sturdy enough to scoop moist potting mix, maybe even sand or pea gravel.
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rocklady
Mar 5, 2012 10:51 AM CST
Great tip, Jill. I use the gallon milk jugs for scooping soil into large pots and the quarts for smaller pots. I agree, Pod, many uses for those jugs and I've used those "funnels" too. Our street even uses the milk jugs for luminaries at Christmas.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Mar 5, 2012 1:26 PM CST
I'd love to see the luminaries. I would bet that is beautiful.

I also use the jugs as seed starters via wintersowing.

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I was afraid I wouldn't be very eloquent at dark thirty last night when I posted and surely wasn't going out in the dark to take photos but I did this morning.

Hope pictures will be better than a thousand words.

Not that I'm trying to sell anyone on this. lol It just works well for me.

First photo shows the side profile of the jug.

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This photo shows how easy it pours...

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Now, where the funnel end comes in handy is if you have a feeder with a small filler neck.






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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Mar 5, 2012 3:14 PM CST
Pod, I think you need to submit one of those photos with your tip: "Cut the bottom off a milk jug, and it's a good funnel for bird seed as well as a scoop."

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fiwit
Mar 5, 2012 3:24 PM CST
critterologist said:Pod, I think you need to submit one of those photos with your tip: "Cut the bottom off a milk jug, and it's a good funnel for bird seed as well as a scoop."

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