Recycling things to use in the garden

I was my local garden centre today and noticed the price of things are really going up. I went in for a clear cover for my trays and they wanted ??6 for 1!!! I was cooking mince tonight and rinsed the tub it came in an turned it out to dry, it works as a tray cover image Anyone else got some thrifty ideas???


  • Yogurt and ice cream tubs. The tops are perfect to use as saucers

  • Ahh...good call image
  • Cut plastic milk cartons in half with sharp knife.

    Bottom of plastic milk cartons  - plant pot.

    Top of plastic milk cartons - cloche to protect newly emerging clematis/lupins/ hostas from slugs. Or, upside down with cap on and pressed into soil, beer trap for slugs.

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Fruit punnets already have holes punched in so are useful as planting trays or for cut and come again salad leaves in the house.  Plastic take away tubs also get used as plant trays in our house.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Cut up yoghourt pots etc to use as plant labels.

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Plastic milk cartons make good compost and bird food scoops just leave the lid on for a compost scoop.  If you take the lid off you can use them to scoop and funnel bird food into feeders.

  • Caz WCaz W Posts: 1,353

    I always save my eggshells - leave them to dry a while first - crush them and sprinkle them around my plants.  I know this will not completely stop the slug attacks but I do however feel strangely satisfied that at least they will have struggled and been most  uncomfortable image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,932

    I use plastic milk cartons to store home made seaweed feed. Reuse old labels by soaking them in bleach for a few days, takes all the marker pen off them. Old panes of cracked glass from the GH get cut down to uniform sizes and are used as cloches.The large fizzy pop bottles are cut in half as cloches.

    An old plastic dust bin for a water butt, the up turned lid collects water and when full it gets tipped in. An old plastic dust bin stores next years manure or  can be used to let leaves rot down in. Flower buckets to grow veg in. I've cut the bottom of those too and use them in the GH as bottomless pots to grows stuff in the GH bed. 

    Wooden fruit crates are excellent for putting potted up plants in. The containers take-a-ways come in are good to freeze stuff grown in the garden and great to store various feeds like bone meal in or bird seed, slug pellets etc, and. they are mouse, nibble proof. I have a problem some years with mice in the shed nibbling through things. 


  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489
    I've spent the last few days cutting up old crates and turning them in to planters (which will be used mostly for carrots this year) not bad if you can get them for free.
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,344

    The best freebies I would say are  palletts......loads around everywhere, nobody wants them, but you can make loads out of them them.  People are all to happy for you to take them off their hands. Slap some some wood stain on them, they will last for years.



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