Ideas for recycling household waste in the garden:
- Aluminium trays from pies and cakes make ideal 'drip saucers' to put under pot plants.
- Old tyres can be used outside for plant pots - especially good for plants that like warm soils as they trap the heat.
- The following waste items can be modified and used for planting seedlings:
* Egg cartons
* Tetra-pak cartons
* Plastic bottles
* Plastic containers for cherry tomatoes
* Old boots and shoes
* Plastic containers for takeaways
* The cardboard centres from toilet rolls
* Plastic icecream containers.
- Lawn clippings can be used to cover weeds and keep from growing in the garden through winter.
- Broken crockery can be used as drainage at the bottom of pot plants.
- Tin cans can be used as:
Water reservoirs for new plants and trees. Tape a piece of hose pipe in a can and fill the can with scoria or pumice. Then, when you plant a new tree or plant, bury the can below the root level and leave enough hose poking out of the ground. You can water the plant in summer by pouring the water into hose pipe. If the hose is short enough it can be mowed over on a lawn and does not look obtrusive.
- Pot plant holders. Decorate the outside of the can to your liking, put some soil in it and plant away. (Make sure you put some drainage holes in the bottom of the tin before you start potting the plants.)
- Old newspapers (including those gathered from your friends) can be used to mulch and weed control the garden. Wet newspaper and place thickly on the garden. Cover with bark or stones.
- Plastic milk bottles can be used to hold snail bait and are pet proof.
- Old stockings can be used to tie up plants in the garden.
- Plastic icecream containers can be cut into strips for seed labels.