DIY Compostable Planters; Help Your Plants, Get Rid of Your Junk
Ladies and Gentlemen how are we doing!? This weeks Green Tip is inspired by our flourishing garden, the magic of science, and growing your own food. This year we are making a conscious effort to grow as much of our food as possible. Who knows how it’s going to play out, but we’re gonna shoot for the stars. Over the past few weeks the vegetables we planted have started to burst out of the soil and fill our kitchen with life. Variations of greens and yellows and purples are covering the brown speckled soil that I used to think was never going to spurt life. After transplanting nearly a fifth of the plants we have started (a little over 50 ish), we’re getting ready to start to new seeds(!) and this time we’re taking the thrifty and eco route.
The last bunch of seeds we started, we used cheap-o, thin, plastic cubes. Ya know the standard little cube things everyone gets(like a newb). After using entirely too many of them on the first day of seeding, I realized what a waste they came to be. Not to mention, having to transplant 200 some odd sproutlings out of those plastic seeders is going to be a pain in the petunyas (see what I did there?) and will take a large chunk of time that I will never get back. So this week I am going to share with you a few awesome ways to garden efficiently, save some money, and get rid of some junk you were going to get rid or just lay around the house anyways.
The first reusable household object we’re going to be using is an egg carton, or multiple egg cartons depending on how many eggs you eat. All you have to do for this sort of planter is (semi) carefully rip the top half of the carton off, take the bottom half and put it on the top half so it’s form fitting, and throw some dirt filling up the whole bottom half. Boom there you have it, planter ready to go just like that(some people keep the eggshell in there). Toss a seed or two into each section that would normally hold an egg, cover the seeds up with dirt and water it.
Once your seeds have germinated, sprouted, and are becoming big enough for a larger planter or the ground, all you have to do is rip each section apart and replant it. This can be beneficial for the plant because there is minimal disruption to the roots of the plant and beneficial to you because you reduced your garbage. Depending on what kind of biodegradable container you use, soil health can also be enriched. By using old food scraps like halves of avocados and carefully peeled orange skins you can add nutrients to soil and have the coolest looking planters in town. Definitely keep those stored on a waterproof surface, they’ll get kind of droopy and gross eventually, put them in the ground or larger pot before that happens though. Old toilet paper rolls also work similarly and plants look pretty funky in them when they sprout so give that one a try too. I’ve heard it is also possible to fold up newspaper into cup like planters as well, but I’m not a huge fan of the all the ink getting into my soils. AND you cut larger plastic bottles in half, punch some holes in the cap, put some water in the bottom half, and throw some dirt in the top half and there you go! You got yourself a planter with stored water in it already.
People, people, people, let’s get creative out here think outside the box, innovate. Make something cool out of nothing. This week I want you plant some seeds in the weirdest decomposable planter or out of the strangest plastic bottle you can find and send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org, (hint* old orange juice bottles also work). Winner gets a custom built egg carton planter built by yours truly. Have a great week folks.