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Recycled Products—Turning Trash into Garden Tools

Niall Dunne is the former Associate Editor of Plants & Gardens News.


  • Al Gracian III January 28, 2013

    I’ve developed a method for reusing plastic containers that consumers often toss into the trash. These can be combined to create a sub-irrigated planter for small-scale plants. See a diagram at

    I’ve had good success growing lettuce, spinach, arugula, mustard, and more. This is a great technique for teachers and students.  The containers are large enough to support healthy plants all the way from seed to harvest!

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