Recycled Gardening




This Instructable will show you how to recycle and grow some plants and flowers at the same time. I will show you how to become a little "Greener".

Step 1: Mini Greenhouses

Want to become a little more "Green". Then what's better to do that than making recycled green houses. These are made from old containers for rotisserie chicken, cake containers, and other miscellaneous clear plastic containers.

All you have to do is fill up your containers you choose to use. Add your seeds and put the plants into the container. This works by keeping the water inside of the container making a humid environment for the plants. I use this mostly for starting the seeds, it has worked great for me.

Step 2: Toilet Paper Roll Planters

These are nice because they breakdown over time. And they don't cause pollution like peat pots do. To make these all you do is go to the restroom a few times. Put a gas mask on and take the roll out of the bathroom (since you just used it a few times). Now that you have extracted the roll cut the bottom of it 1 inch about 5-6 times. Fold in the flaps you created to make a bottom to the roll.

Now you can fill up the rolls with dirt and your choice of seed.



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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Both of those are really creative. I had fun doing both


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Thanks for your great ideas! I have been looking for ideas for old toilet paper rolls and have used them to support seedlings before. Only problem was that it seemed like the cardboard was taking too much water out of my soil. I will DEFINITELY be using your idea with the chicken or cake containers and making green houses! That is a fantastic idea! Thanks


    10 years ago on Introduction

    What exactly is this instructing about? there are like 10 other projects on this site that actually explain, and go step by step on the two projects that you are just barely mentioning. This doesn't really provide any valuable knowledge at all.

    3 replies

    These are more suggestions of what you could do. I don't think you really need step by step instructions on how to cut a toilet paper tube, or put plants into a cake box ;-). Most people learned how to do that in kindergarten, this is just how they can put that previous "knowledge" to good use.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    The link above from North Carolina University tells you about that plant you found in the woods. They are lovely, aren't they? I have them across the street from me along the Hudson River and I love them every spring. You can transplant a little bit if you can properly provide a nice little home for it where you are. You need a moist semi-shady spot with lots of humusy compost and peat moss added, with some pine needles to cover the soil (for mulch) around the plant's rhizome. They like semi-shade with rich and alive soil that is somewhat acidic and moist. They are called bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and are a native wildflower known as a member of the papaver family, or "poppy". They were well known to the native peoples of the Americas, known to us as "Indians" (vs the "cowboys"), who used them for medicinal purposes.

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