Plant Propagators: recycled
When I first started gardening, oh so many moons ago, I bought everything new. New pots, new propagators, new plant tags. Bit like having a new baby, where you end up believing that you can’t possibly cut it as a mother unless you have the latest new fangled (*fill in blank*) for your newborn.
Turns out, I really didn’t need as much equipment as I thought, for gardening. Or for the babies for that matter, but let’s focus on my gardening mistakes. If I look in my potting shed, the pots have accumulated all by themselves. Lollipop sticks and cut-down yoghurt pots, outnumber shop-bought plant tags, a 100 to 1.
Oh, and propagators? Well that is something else. I still have a few shop bought ones, but they are cracked and scratched. Just about useable, but I won’t be buying more. It’s the storage that’s the main problem. I’m sure some people can keep them going for years, but not me.
So I have to be resourceful. Over the years, I have learnt a few tricks. First one is that before any plastic goes in the recycling bin, I check if it is garden useable.
It just so happens that I love the zip lock plastic bags for freezing prepared fruit and veg. Easy to reseal after taking out the desired portion. Once empty. I clean and decide if I can use in the freezer again, otherwise they are consigned to the garden area for use as 2 pot propagators.
Plastic cups are put aside for individual pots.
And something new this year. We try not to buy the individual water bottles, but I’d rather buy water than a sugary drink when we’re out and about. It struck me that, once empty, they make mighty fine seed propagators.
I cut holes in the bottom, used a paper funnel to pour in compost, then just added water and a seed. Used a stick to push the soil to cover up the seed and put the lid back on. Hopefully it will grow, and I can cut the bottle in half, when I need to plant on the seedling.
Visitor in our garden this week.
Already marigolds and a cucumber are sprouting in the ziplock.
So three simple, recycled plastic ideas for making plant or seed propagators. Just one more step along my “Becoming a greener me” project.
The children have a new gardening project, but I’ll leave that till next time.
Joining in with Gina’s #ThriftyThursday. Have you any thrifty gardening tips this week?