Garden Moments: Reusing Plastic Pots

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Reusing Plastic Pots

If your shed is like mine it’s filled with stacks of plastic pots.  Don’t throw these in the trash.  Rather, look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle these plant pots.

Reuse these containers for various gardening projects. Disinfect the pots by soaking in a solution of one-part bleach and 9 parts water for 10 minutes. Rinse with clear water and now you’re ready to start cuttings and plant seeds. Use smaller containers to apply fertilizer, animal repellents or other granular material. Just scoop and shake to distribute the fertilizer over the garden bed.

Cover plants with empty pots when applying mulch. Pour on the mulch then lift the pot when the job is finished.

Permanently sink a few pots in the ground and set potted flowers in them. It’s easier on the tree roots and your back.

Use them for double potting. Grow your plant in an old nursery pot and set it inside a decorative pot that lacks drainage.

A bit more information: Save larger shrub and tree pots and use them to elevate garden art or containers. Hide the nursery pot behind a small plant so just the container or artwork are visible. Or elevate smaller containers in groupings for better visibility and accessibility.

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About Melinda Myers
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S.  Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series.  Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. She also writes the twice monthly Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She’s the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists and more.

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