Do it yourself: Water bottle pots!

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!

Enjoy!

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spring veggie planting + a new member of the family!

My friend sent me a message the second day of February saying, “Happy Candlelight Day and Happy Start of the Spring Planting Season!” Quite honestly I was like, “Oh really? That’s today?!” – me being oblivious of time and all. Throughout the day I couldn’t wait to get home and plant. But, I didn’t cuz of school. However, a week ago I finally did! I planted onions, cilantro, tomatoes, chiles, melon, and a beet.

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Today, I woke up and saw this:

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I was worried they wouldn’t grow, but ah, I’m so happy they did! I used to keep them inside, but since the afternoons have gotten warmer, they are now outdoors. I think they enjoy it.

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Beauties!

Back in November/December I had planted two bell pepper plants, a tomato, an onion, cilantro, and even tulips! This is how they look today:

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Two tulips!

My cilantro looks a little bit like a hot mess in the previous photo, but in person it is so beautiful and smells delicious! My guinea pigs LOVE it!

Speaking of guinea pigs.. meet the newest member of our family:

tomás!

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Isn’t he an adorable guinea pig?! He’s very active and loves attention. I can’t wait to make memories with him and his sister, Linda, for the years to come. I’m sure Napoleón, my first guinea pig who left my side this past October, would have liked his company as well.

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One last thing before I go: did you notice my recycled water bottle pots? If you liked them and want to make some for yourself, here is my tutorial on how to do them!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Happy Saturday!!

–diana

Blue Jeans Go Green

hello once again, dear reader!

in case you didn’t know, i really like the idea of recycling! so i’m always looking for new ideas or things to give new life to and do my part to keep earth a little greener.

thanks to madewell’s blog, i found out that there’s this organization called blue jeans go green where you donate old jeans that you no longer want or use and they turn them into insulation for houses that habitat for humanity builds for people in need. it’s a pretty neat idea!

i do have a lot jeans laying around that could become something else. do you?

for more information, go to their homepage here. for places where you can drop off or send your jeans click here. to read the madewell post that informed me about this organization click here.

please don’t ever throw your clothes away! there’s people who could use them. not landfills. either donate them to programs like these or to other local facilities.

oh! btw, if you have electronics that you don’t know what to do with (cuz you should not throw them away!) best buy has a recycling program you should check out!

remember to recycle at home or visit your local recycling facility.

until next time!

– diana