I must tell you all about this because it does not happen everyday! I was visiting my garden centre for some compost and a few other bits when I stumbled upon a whole heap of empty flower pots that had just been discarded! I could not believe that these were being thrown away so I asked a member of staff who said yes, they were all heading for the bin.
All they needed was a clean as they were in very good condition. Well, it must have been my lucky day as I saved them from the bin and brought them home where I gave them all a good scrub in warm soapy liquid before rinsing them out and …voila! Spare pots and a great opportunity to recycle my garden centre’s waste!
I have since then been able to put these recycled pots to good use for planting the rosemary seedlings that I propagated and separating the chives this spring.
On the theme of recycling, this year I have had a go at using empty cardboard tubes to transplant some of my tomato seedlings. Now when I first popped some compost into these tubes and planted the rather leggy tomato seedlings which looked questionable in themselves, I wasn’t sure that this relationship was going to work out. No seriously, I simply had a go without having very high hopes. This is where gardening is not logical and almost magical … just look at the results I have had. Absolutely amazed that these are thriving brilliantly and the best part is that I can plant them straight into the soil with the tube which will decompost as you can see in my previous post on patio planters. I will definitely be doing more of this in future as the result speaks for itself!