Re­use Plas­tic Bot­tles

Modern Pioneer - - [penny-pinching] -

Like many peo­ple, I have a gar­den, which feeds my fam­ily and me. Un­for­tu­nately, north­ern New Eng­land’s grow­ing sea­son is very short. Con­se­quently, I must use every­thing to my ad­van­tage, in­clud­ing plas­tic bot­tles.

Start­ing the seeds in the bot­tom halves of plas­tic bot­tles al­lows me to re­use a valu­able re­source and saves me from buy­ing pots. Once the plant is in the ground, I put the bot­tle’s top half over the young plant. It acts like a mini green­house for each plant, trap­ping mois­ture and keep­ing it warm. It also pro­tects the young plant from last-minute frosts. As soon as the plants are es­tab­lished and the dan­ger of frost has passed, the bot­tles get re­cy­cled.

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