The first thing I saw when I started getting into gardening was the cost of good-looking pots: pricy! The more I got into it, the more I realized how creative gardeners were. They use anything – and I mean anything – at hand to plant seeds. Recycling is their forte. And, if you like gardening or want to get into it, I believe it should be yours too. You gotta get creative to save money!
I’ve seen people use cans, soda bottles, egg cartons, egg shells, ice cream tubs, bath tubs, old toilets, tires, shoes, wine bottles, and the list goes on and on, as planters!
If you read my previous blog post you saw that I used bottles of water to make pots for my seeds. So today I bring you this tutorial on how to make them. I would take planters looking like this any day – especially since they are recycled! – instead of those plain o’ black pots! Plus, the retain moisture which is perfect!
** correction, poke only 2 holes for a big lid and 1 hole for a small lid.
Yay for plants and recycling!
Now, there are variations to this tutorial. Some people don’t cut holes in the bottom of their pots but I do and that has worked for me. I think it depends what you plant. Just don’t make too many holes or no water/moisture will remain in your pot.
I don’t do this, but some people prefer their soil getting water from the bottom of the pot instead of pouring it directly on top. If you are used to doing that or want to try it (I know I do), here is a tutorial I found.
The only downside of using bottles of water as planters is that if you want to transplant, the dirt will cut in half. I will still use these and even transplant when the time comes, since I tried it and I don’t think it did any damage to my roots.
So yeah, I hope you liked this little DIY now that spring is coming! My plants have now grown and they look adorable: