By recycling unused plastic milk containers, you will not have to spend your money on buying plant pots or garden tools instead of throwing them out. You can use them to grow plants as well as protect the environment. It will be more interesting if you turn them into artworks, right? And here are the 14 Best DIY Garden Projects With Plastic Milk Containers that are very handy for you!
Most of us can not deny the convenience of plastic utensils. However, as you know, plastic waste is the biggest concern of mankind. By reusing plastic bottles and discarded plastic straws, you have contributed a lot to build a green life. Let’s explore them with us!
#1 Make a Vertical Garden With Plastic Milk Containers
Cut away the plastic, leaving the base and handle of each milk container in place. Poke a few drainage holes in the base of each one, and fill the bases with soil/compost/ potting mix. Line up rows of containers, and stick a branch, cane or long slat of wood through the handles of each row. And now, you have a small vertical garden like this!
#2 String Plastic Milk Containers on a Wire to Make Hanging Gardens
A similar idea! Removing all but the handles and bases of the plastic milk containers. Add drainage holes and fill them with growing medium. Then string them along a length of wire to create a cost-free hanging garden.
#3 Thread Them Onto a Cane or Branch for an Indoor Garden
This way you don’t add any plants or pots that are too heavy, you can simply attach twine or string to the ends of the cane or branch and hang this indoors garden structure.
#4 Make a Watering Can With a Spout
Instead of buying a watering can, you can use the plastic milk container as a rudimentary watering can. TO do this, cutting off your plastic milk container’s top, including the top part of the handle, the handle then becomes the spout.
#5 Make a Watering Can With a Spout
With seeds and seedlings will often require more gentle watering, so a watering can with a sprinkler head is necessary. Again, you do not need to go out and buy it, think about free plastic milk container. Easy to make, simply take the lid of the container and, using a strong needle, or a pinprick drill, make a series of small holes in the plastic.
#6 Make a Soil/ Compost Scoop
This idea, you have a very handy scoop for use in your garden. You can use it to scoop up soil/ compost/ potting mix etc. To make it, cutting off the base of your milk container at a diagonal angle, leaving less plastic on the handle side. Keep the lid on.
#7 Use Plastic Milk Containers as Small Cloches
Use them as handy cloches to cover and protect young plants and seeds in your garden. Protect them from frosts and other weather conditions early in the season, and also keep them safe from pests. Cut off the bases of your milk containers around 3-4 inches from the base. Remove the lids.
#8 Create Plastic Collars To Protect Plants From Pests
When your seedlings and young plants begin to outgrow your milk container cloches, you can cut off the tops and leave just the centre section of each container remaining. This allows plants to grow up through the centre, but leaves a plastic collar which can provide the plants with protection from pests.
#9 Use Water-Filled Milk Containers To Hold Down Row Covers Etc
If you want to cover crops for any reason like extra warmth, or pest protection. This is a simple, low cost way to make sure these remain in place, and won’t blow away.