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DIY: Reusing Milk Bottles As Plant Pots

Don't buy new, make it! A quick Pinterest board search will show you many creative ways to use your empty containers. Cardboard boxes ...

Don't buy new, make it!

A quick Pinterest board search will show you many creative ways to use your empty containers.
  • Cardboard boxes cut and painted into mini-mosques.
  • Plastic bottles can house kitchen utensils.
  • Cut out containers with handles to make shovels.
  • Repurpose empty cartons as this year's Ramadan decorations.
For our household, the tubs and milk bottles are like free plant pots. We have a lot of plants, and not enough pots.

To save energy, money, the trip to the store, and reduce waste from buying more, it makes sense to use what you already have.
So here's how we turn a milk bottle into a reusable plant pot with the simple act of recycling.

You will need:;
  • Strong scissors or craft knife,
  • Seeds, a small plant or cuttings from an established plant,
  • Compost & water
  • A clean, empty bottle.
Estimate the middle of the bottle and pinch the side or squash slightly to make the first cut easier. You can mark where you want to cut using a felt tip pen. Strong bottles will require a sharp jab to poke the hole for cutting into. Snip around the bottle- decide whether to keep the handle.

Cut around the bottle and neaten for a straight top. If the cut leaves a sharp edge you could stick washi or fabric tape over this for safety.

Half fill the bottle with compost and plant your seeds as normal, cover with a layer of soil and water.

Here's what ours looks like. OR: Stand the young plant in the middle about two inches below the compost line, and fill with more soil to reach half the stem so it's strong enough to stay standing on its own. Water and clean up any splattered soil.
We kept the handle in for this one, which is really useful for carrying and acts as a shade. 

 There you have it, happy gardening everyone! Ramadan Kareem.

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