Nowadays, they say gardening has become popular even to those people in the millennial age. According to the National Gardening Survey, the retail market in gardening boomed to $36.1 billion in 2015 after a five-year low spending in 2014. That’s an average of $401 per household in 2015 as compared to the $317 in 2014.
Industry analyst Bruce Butterfield said that the participation in gardening did not even decline that much during the economic downturn. From the results of the survey, people who participated in gardening are those who usually range from 18 to 34 years old. While gardening can be interesting and sustainable, you might have to spend a hefty amount of cash for the gardening tools. Fortunately, you can do something to cut down your expenses through recycling.
Benefits of Gardening
Plastic is everywhere and is a typical material used in our everyday lives. In fact, it is part of the widespread problem of pollution. Aside from giving you practical ways to save money from buying expensive gardening tools, recycling also encourages you to work on your creativity. Furthermore, relaxing and enjoying the view of your garden is a good way to spend your leisure time.
Hanging Planters and Vertical Gardening
Using recycled containers for your garden is a great idea! If you are a DIY enthusiast, you can always recycle things that you can find in your home. Anything that you have discarded but are still useful can be a good material for your DIY projects. Plastic containers are best examples. Here are two excellent ideas for you to try!
- Hanging Planters
Hanging planters is not only a good decoration for your garden, but it can also help you save space. It doesn’t require a landing space and may also serve as an amazing room or wall art. There are many styles and ways to hang your plants. Start with these simple steps:
- Gather your materials such as recycled containers, string, plant, soil, etc.
- Cut the string into 8 equal lengths of 24 inches.
- Knot one end of the strings together, and divide the 8 strings into 4 pairs. The knot at the end will be your base.
- Knot each pair about 3 inches starting from the base.
- Take two strings (this time from left and right) and pair them. Repeat the process until you make diamond shapes with the knots and complete the circle.
- Place your planter or pot inside the strings.
- Create rows of knots according to the size of your pot or planter.
- Put the soil and plant.
- Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening is another alternative way to save space or to cover an unattractive wall. Follow the steps below:
- Consider where to place your plants. Make sure the plants will have enough sunlight, depending on the type of plant.
- Prepare the plant beforehand by establishing the plant’s roots using a recycled container. Allow the plants to horizontally grow for a few weeks until the roots have been established, and the soil is in place.
- After a few weeks, you can slowly elevate the container to a vertical position or mount the container’s bottom on the wall.
However, before you use plastic containers for your garden, you have to make sure that these plastic containers are not harmful. Some plastics are not safe to use because of the toxic chemicals that may be absorbed by the soil. Hence, it is recommended to use eco-friendly plastic containers.
How to Choose Safe Plastic Containers for Your Backyard Garden
No matter how beautiful the containers are if they are contaminated with harmful and toxic chemicals, your dream of successfully growing your plants will not be realized. Hence, in this section, you’ll discover some useful tips on how to choose safe plastic containers for your backyard garden.
- Check the type of plastic that you want to use as your planters. There are seven types of plastics, and the best one to use is the HDPE type. This plastic type is safe to use as containers for food consumption; hence, you can infer that it is non-toxic. It also resists UV rays and has heat resistant property.
- Recycle those food containers or eco-friendly moving boxes rather than buying new ones from the store. This will help you cut your expenses. Moreover, you can guarantee that the plastic containers used for your plants are 100% toxic free.
- Choose reflective plastics as planters as they tend to attract fewer insects, keeping your plants safe from harmful pests.