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« on: April 24, 2011 06:48:39 PM »

In honor of recycling and Earth Day (and truly the lack of planters I have available) I am posting a tutorial on how to reconstruct a Milk Jug into a planter! I fell in love with this method of planting after my happily growing apple trees desperately needed a new "home". I don't know if this idea has been posted before, but if so here is a tutorial to making one!

The only items you will need are, A permanent marker, sharp scissors, an X-ACTO/Crafting Knife, a dish towel, a 1 gallon milk jug and some water for cleaning.

First off, you will need to rinse out a milk jug! My milk jugs always end up getting crushed before they even enter the recycle bag, so I just blow into them before I make any cuts. This will make your jug un-crushed again. After you rinse out the inside you can now trace a line along the top ridge of the milk jug. Make sure you dry off the exterior or you will end up with a messed up marker  Undecided.
Now you puncture a slit above the handle with your knife.

Cut along the line until the top is separated from the to-be planter.

It should look like this. YAY for a functioning handle!

Now it is time to cut a hole for drainage. Flip the jug over. Mark, and cut out a slit along the bottom. My jugs have a plastic strip along the bottom that is perfect to cut out along!

And this is what is should look like!

TA-DA!!! All done! Now all you have left to do is plant plants in them! Milk jugs make great planters. I'm sure you could make smaller ones with 1/2 and 1/4 gallon jugs! Also when the plant grows out the the jug you don't have to feel guilty if you have to cut the jug up to get the plant out!  Hope you enjoyed and Happy Earth Day!

I also have the tutorial posted here on my blog; http://chesslescreations.blogspot.com/2011/04/earth-day-recycled-milk-jug.html

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011 06:59:36 PM »

In prep for Earth Day we saved milk jugs for a few weeks and used them for planters too.  I cut the whole jug in half and used to top part with the handle as our watering can.  My niece loved poking holes in the soil so she could put the "sleeping babies" to bed.  Thanks for sharing.   Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011 07:05:43 PM »

Great idea!  I wanted to do a veggie garden in my backyard this summer, but we might be moving in August.  This would be an easy way to have a movable garden.

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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011 08:10:00 PM »

Excellent! I'm sure the jug is quite happy with its new purpose!

« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013 12:47:41 PM »

Cutting my yogurt and cottage cheese containers into rings, stick them in the ground a little and plant mt tomato plants. Keeps the tomato worms out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2013 08:49:39 AM »

The clear plastic boxed that bagged salad greens come in are perfect for starting plants. The taller ones create a perfect mini greenhouse. We make rolled newspaper planting pots and transplant whole into a larger pot.

Take a toilet paper tube, wrap a strip of newspaper cut to about 4" wide around the tube leaving about an inch off the tube. Tuck this inside the tube to create a bottom. Place in salad container and fill with potting soil. Pack the pots pretty tight as they get floppy as they absorb moisture. Plant your seeds and wait for the magic. Tomatoes and peppers work very well as you can plant up easily as they sprout without disturbing the roots. Remember you can bury leggy tomato starts up to the first true leaves to create a stronger plant.

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