We have a couple really "cool things" built or are currently building for the back yard, that we will share this year, including a (this will be number 2 and 3 for us) DIY rain barrel ( If you don't have one you NEED one!!) and recycled green house. But since we are just getting our seedlings started we thought we would share two really easy project you can make at home. Plus it will eliminate buying more plastic by using the plastic you already have.
While we were picking out our seeds for this year and grabbing some extra soil, we were talking about using plant markers this year. Don't get us wrong, it is not hard to tell the tomato plant from the pepper plant, but when we first start we tend to forget what herb we planted where and did we plant the tomatoes in these two rows or those two rows. Plus this year we planted 3 different types of lettuce and wanted to make sure we remember which ones worked and which ones tasted good. We found the markers....and yep.... they are made of PLASTIC. Less then 2 bucks for six "durable plastic" markers. What a joke. The slate ones were 22 bucks for six. Yikes!! Just down the aisle were the water buckets. The metal watering cans were 14 to 25 dollars and some were more decorative then useful. The majority of the watering buckets..Plastic....Plastic and More Plastic. If you know us or keep up with the blog you know we HATE plastic and do our best to not buy any more then we absolutely have to.
So instead of buying more plastic we are going to make our plant markers and a watering can. Fair warning....this project is super simple!!
Here is what you need.
(Pictured is one milk jug and two laundry detergent bottles. On a side note, we make our own laundry detergent so we had a family member, who does buy it, save the containers for us when they were empty.)
Cardboard (we used a record sleeve)
Permanent Marker (not pictured)
(One more note before we start. The milk and laundry containers are both no.2 plastic and can be recycled here in town. However we have been reading a couple studies that are suggesting it is just as costly, both in terms of money and environmentally, to recycle plastic as it is to produce new plastic. So every chance we get to reuse or upcycle the plastic we do bring home, we jump on it. )
First wash out the containers really.. really... really good!
Once it is clean, take the lid off of the container.
And that is it, instant water can. Fill it with rain water from your rain barrel and away you go.
Now take another container and cut out all the flat parts you can.