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Homemade Hanging Planters

Milk bottle planter

Milk bottle planter

Milk bottle planter

Birches Pre-primary School, Pinetown

Every day one to two milk bottles get thrown away in the refuse bin, so I’ve decided to make use of this wonderful resource just gone to waste, by turning it into a hanging planter. Just use any old pair of scissors, and then fold or pinch the one side of the bottle together, make a snip and then cut it singly on the top side into the shape as per photo.

With an electric drill, it is easy to drill three small holes at the base of the milk bottle, so water can escape but not compost or soil.
Fill the bottle up with well mixed bought 1:1:1 compost, potting soil and river sand, or home-made 1:1:1: vermicompost, garden soil and riversand which would give a very long life of nutrients to the seedling/plant.

Use the label on the milk bottle to hang up your new home-made planter so you can grow vertical now and save space in the beds.

You may also like to try putting short poles into the ground and with a wire string your bottles along to the next pole – will keep snails and other insects at bay whilst the seedlings are still small when they are most vulnerable to snail attacks.

See the photo I took at a pre-primary school in Pinetown, using the fence to grow vertical cooldrink bottles full of marigolds.

The cut-out bit of milk bottle left over can be rolled up, glued or tied together, and use as a digging tool marked accordingly the depth allowed when you want to sow beans, mielies etc. with a koki pen. Maybe use a dowel stick to give it extra length and make it easier to use – less bending too.
So nothing of the milk bottle gets wasted then.

Comments for
Homemade Hanging Planters


by: Natalie RowlesThe little pre-primary school who grows Marigold plants in the cool drink bottles, is the Birches Pre-Primary School in Sarnia, Pinetown, whose teachers are really doing a great job by teaching all their little learners about caring for the environment and becoming green eco-warriors too.
What a great school it is, and I wish them the best for the future!

Wonderful recycling idea!
by: WendyThank you for this great tip Natalie! Very ingenious.

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