You know that we here at Jerry Baker NEVER throw anything away if there’s a way to reuse it, especially if it’ll come in handy in the garden. So this week, we thought we’d spill the beans on some easy (and wacky) ways to recycle one common household item that everyone tends to toss – empty plastic bottles!
So before you throw out those used-up jugs of liquid laundry detergent, shampoo, dish soap, and more – hang on! Here’s how you can put ‘em to work in your yard and garden instead:
Deep irrigation system. Poke small holes in the bottoms and sides of the bottles, bury them in the soil at strategic spots in your garden, and fill them with water. The moisture will flow out at a slow, steady rate, directly to your plants’ roots, where it’s needed most.
Garden-tool caddy. Make a big hole in a giant bottle on the side opposite the handle. Then insert your trowel, pruning shears, and other small hand tools through the hole to carry them wherever they’re needed.
Plant labels. Cut the sides of white or yellow bottles into strips, write on them with an indelible marker, and shove the strips into the soil next to the appropriate plants.
Scoop. Cut diagonally across the bottom, screw the top back on, and use it to scoop up sand, fertilizer, compost, cat litter, or just about any other nonedible substance.
Watering can. Drill a dozen or more holes in the cap of a giant bottle. Fill the bottle with water, and screw the top back on. To water your plants, flip the bottle upside down, and let the H2O flow!
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