Re-use and recycle: various gardening hacks

Rice container

Rice container

Upside-down Tomato Planter

I was reading online about upside-down tomato planters, and how particular varieties of tomato grow well in hanging baskets and the like.  We had recently finished a pot of rice, and I had kept the container just in case I could use it for something.

I drilled a couple of holes in the bottom of the container with the biggest drill-bit I could find.  This was very difficult because the pot kept spinning round when I tried to drill it!  I managed to wedge it on the ground and eventually made a tomato plant sized hole in the bottom.

Recycled tomato planter

Recycled tomato planter

I filled the container right to the top with compost mixed with fertiliser, put the lid back on, and then pushed the tomato plant into the base of the container.  I turned it upside-down again and made sure it was completely full of compost.  I then made a hole in the lid to facilitate watering, and hung the container up by the handle.

Since taking this photo, I have wrapped a tea towel around it, and secured it with pegs in order to protect the roots from the sun, which can damage them.


Recycled wine and port box planters

Wine box planters

Wine box planters

Our local Oddbins was closing down, so we went in to see what bargains were to be had.  Sadly, all the booze had been sold, but I spotted these wooden port and wine boxes, going for £2 each.  We grabbed a couple and headed home, thinking about what to plant in them.

 

Holes drilled in the bottom
Holes drilled in the bottom
Courgette plant
Courgette plant

 

I drilled four holes in each of them, and filled them with compost.  I have planted a courgette plant in one, and salads in the other.

 

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Han works in a university, helping students find jobs and work experience. She enjoys crafting, languages, growing vegetables, patting cats and drinking beer.
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