Have just been checking out previous recycling threads of which most are old. As such, I thought I'd start a new one with some possibly original ideas.
Builders Bulk Bags. Many uses.
The large bags they use to deliver sand, gravel etc.
They are porous and make an excellent weed suppressant. Much better than the expensive commercial suppressants especially if you have a gravel garden. Why? Because constant walking over gravel with the commercial suppressant will eventually tear through. Not with the bulk bags.
Be careful cutting it into pieces if you use a utility blade. They are tough.
Most are nylon and lo and behold you can pull the strands apart and use them as plant ties!
You can also use cut pieces to line the bottom of a pot. No need for pebbles and the soil won't fall through but the water will.
Great for putting under a mulch.
Don't ever pay for one! Just look around and see where there is building work or garden renovation. Ask the contractor and it is likely they will be glad for you to take it off their hands. I have been given ten in the past week!
I even use the loop handles off the bags to fasten to the shed roof to hold long pieces of wood!
Waterproof and durable Is the strapping they use to hold bricks together. You'll find it laying around in all sorts of places. You can write on it with a Sharpie or wax pencil such as Chinagraph. Cut it to suit.
Don't throw away your empty liquid plant food containers. Cut them up with snips and make them into labels. Depending on the colour of the container you can colour code your plants e.g. Red = drought resistsant. You can also cut up containers you use in the house, just make sure they are washed. Again, use a Chinagraph pencil for marking.
Get them from most supermarkets. They make excellent plant labels when cut up. You'll need tough hands. Write on them with a silver or gold liquid pen.
You can also cut them down and use them as sub-plant pots for alpines and shallow rooted plants. Do not pay for them!
If you use washing tablets or sachets such as Persil they usually come in an oblong plastic container. When empty fasten it to the wall in the garden shed for holding bits and bobs.
A certain fast food outlet has small tough paper containers for squirt your own tomato sauce into. They make excellent mini pots for the window sill if you are sowing the odd experimental seed. Yes, they are waterproof!
The same outlet also have excellent stirring sticks which can be utilised for labelling plants. Well...they do encourage us to recycle!
Ikea sell plant pots with a deep saucer with each pot. No extra charge. Drill through the saucer and use it for shallow rooted plants such as Sempervivum. That's two pots for the price of one!
Charity Shop Pots
No, not terracotta pots but any old vase or similar that has been donated. You can pick up some weird stuff! Avoid glass and anything that has been glazed all over. You need to know what you are doing to drill through glass and ceramics. Look underneath the pot and see if it is unglazed. If yes, then get out the masonry drill and put some holes in it. You'd be surprised how fetching a single tulip can look in a nicely drilled out vase.
Wooden food bowls also look great when weathered. Same again, cannibalise it by drilling some holes in the bottom.
More later. Don't forget: Penny wise, pound foolish!
Last edited: 01 August 2017 21:59:17