Making Plant Containers

One of the most important things about living simply is being able to take items, that have served a purpose or function, and being able to re-use that item instead of having to buy something brand new. This will save money, and normally the environment, and give you a great sense of accomplishment and self worth.

These plastic containers are old recycled water bottles, so technically if I can find a use for them they’ll be 3x recycled products!

Today we’re looking at recycling some old plastic apple containers into viable plant starting containers! The containers are the remnants of the plastic case that the apples used in my drying apples article came in, and I wanted to be able to do something else with them. These plastic containers are old recycled water bottles, so technically if I can find a use for them they’ll be 3x recycled products!

The shape of the plastic is like the old egg cases, basically the plastic surrounds the apples and has a little fastener in the front to keep them from spilling out, see:

Apples stored in a plastic case from the store

By cutting the packaging down the center, and placing the top on the bottom I was able to make a new planting dish, capable of holding 12 plants.

Follow these steps to create the same thing:

  • Cut the apple container down the center.
  • Place the lid and the bottom face UP, one on top of the other.
  • Drill or poke small holes into the base of each divot, where the apple would normally rest.
  • Place a small amount of soil and a seed, or use soil tablets, at the base of each divot, then water lightly.

It’s important to have holes in the base of each divot where the apple would have rested. This allows water to drip into the bottom and not soak the plant. The plastic from the apple container is very durable and should last for several seed starts. This should be your final result:

Learn how to re-use other items on our Re-using Items In The Home Page!

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