upcycling for the garden

rmontcalFebruary 27, 2012

I've spent all winter saving various egg containers for seed trays and cans and jars and bottles for interesting planting containers. I have a thing for glass and I love the idea of lavender and basil and other herbs in various glass containers of different width and height.

But I just had my best upcycling brainstorm.

I hate pre-packaged frozen meals because of their unhealthiness and for all of their extra plastic packaging, but circumstances recently found me purchasing a Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer which includes a small steamer basket that I think would be an awesome insert at the bottom of an appropriately sized pot to keep dirt from flowing out of the drain hole.

I wouldn't buy these specifically for the steamer basket, because everyone has broken pot chips for this exact purpose, but if you find yourself with one, consider keeping it out of the landfill and putting it in the bottom of your flower pot before you fill it with dirt.

:)

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jeannespines

They're recyclable, too, aren't they? But that's a great idea! TFS! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2012 at 10:37PM
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mommyandme2

Montcal: when growing plants in glass containers, how do you handle drainage issues? - Laura

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 9:27AM
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nmgirl(8 S.NM)

Great idea!
Thanks for posting, can I share it on my Facebook page please?

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 9:28AM
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rmontcal

For glass containers, I fill the bottom inch or two with rocks and then I am just very careful with watering. I am also following the "how to cut glass" thread. :)

I have also sprouted avocado pits in glass jars with dirt indoors and then I had to break the jar to get the root ball out.

Please nmgirl - share away!

I just found another one of these steamer baskets in the trash at work. Yes, of course I took it. I was already collecting the UCGs, so...

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 3:50PM
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concretenprimroses(4B NH)

good idea!
Kathy

    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 7:41PM
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