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Money saving tips and ideas: Recycling, Recycling

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As promised last week, I am going to show you some pictures of an alternative to buying biodegradable flower pots.  First I want to explain my headline. Since I got my allotment, my recycling has gone through the roof.  I compost as much as I can and try to think of a use for anything before I throw it away. I’m not a hoarder, but I’ve learnt that before you throw anything away, take it apart and keep all the screws, bolts washers etc, they’ll come in handy one day and don’t exactly take up a lot of space in an old coffee jar in the garage. When I say Recycling, Recycling, what I am on about is using stuff that would normally go in the recycling bin. Better to use it yourself.

You can cut the base off of large plastic drinks bottles and use as mini greenhouses to start off plants in the soil. Alternatively turn them up the other way, sink into the soil next to your tomatoes to make sure the water gets to the roots,  shredding your confidential letters and adding to your compost or bean trench, cardboard boxes likewise.

And so to this week’s main tip/idea

It seems excessive to splash out on biodegradable stuff, when we keep throwing biodegradable stuff away.  This may be an old favourite, but this blog isn’t just for knowledgeable diggers, it’s like the site, it’s for new and experienced gardeners.  Collect up your used toilet roll and kitchen roll tubes. (I cut the kitchen ones in half) Stick them in an empty ice cream tub and fill with multi-purpose compost. There are many plants that I have started off like this, carrots, runner beans, tomatoes to name just a few. Anything that needs a bit more warmth, just stick an old plastic money bag over the top and seal with a red rubber band ( I say red because they’re the ones the postmen “discard” in my street every day.) Need to remove the covers for spraying though. Once the plants are ready for planting out, just dig a hole and drop the whole thing in toilet roll included. The holder will disintegrate once it’s finished its job off. It will by then have been a flower pot and also something to keep the plant heading downwards and not sideways. No more crooked carrots! Each plant having an individual holder also prevents the roots getting tangled and damaged during transplanting

Just been told by the “editor” that I can only put a single photo on my blogs, so the paper pot method will have to be an article on the site as it’s all photos to explain how to make them.

More tips next week, still need your ideas, so keep on sending them in

JS

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