Many vegans love to eat organic vegetables and fruits, but complain about the cost. It is possible to grow your own vegetables and fruits or at least supplement your grocery bill even if you live in a condominum or high rise apartment. Have you considered container gardening? Most people agree that recycling is good for the planet. Since many farmers are in the middle of the harvest, very few of you are thinking about that spring garden. Gardeners, you will be happy that you planned ahead this fall by recycling a few items when planting time arrives in the spring.l
Water Bottles: Okay admit it! Sometimes you or a family member purchases bottled water or soda drinks. Wash those plastic bottles and save them to fill the empty space in the bottom of a container before you start placing soil in the container. The plastic bottles are an excellent product to promote proper drainage.
Plastic Children's Pools: Plastic children's pools usually survive only one summer swimming season. These pools are excellent garden spots for a small spring container garden. Patch the hole, line the bottom with rocks for drainage, fill with soil, plant seeds, water well and keep those weeds pulled.
Fishing Nets or Window Screens: Recycle old fishing nets or window screens by saving for spring. Fishing nets and old window screens can be patched and placed over a plastic children's pool or other container to keep birds at bay.
Flower Pots and Hanging Baskets: Tomato plants can easily be grown in flower pots. You will need a stake to place in the flower pot for the plant and some rocks for drainage or save those water bottles. Remember the hanging basket that you received for Mother's Day filled with beautiful flowers, do not discard it. Strawberries or even green beans can be grown in hanging baskets and hung near the back door for convenience.
Wheelbarrel: Many of you have rusted wheelbarrels. Rather than discarding that wheelbarrel, line the bottom with rocks or water bottles, then fill with soil and plant vegetables from okra to squash.
May these recycling ideas jump start your thinking caps to prepare for a spring garden in 2013! If you have additional recycling ideas or organic gardening ideas, please feel free to comment below! Happy gardening!
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