What could be better than an automatic watering machine? Begin by cutting off the bottom of a plastic bottle and then poking or drilling holes into the bottle’s lid and neck. Bury the bottle upside down near a plant so that the holes are about four inches (10cm) below the surface.
All you need to do is refill the bottle every few days. Plants that need regular hydration at their roots, like tomatoes and squash, will love this watering hack. Additionally, you may reduce the pace at which the water drains through the bottle by removing the top and putting a tight-fitting piece of sponge inside the bottle’s neck.
Kids need toys to learn about how the world works, to build motor skills, and to keep themselves occupied so Mom and Dad can get some peace once in a while. But all those toys come with a big plastic cost, so why not put together some of your own?
You could make a little kiddy oven using a couple of cardboard boxes, bottle caps, and CDs you were planning on throwing away. The CD stovetop is a clear front-runner for the best part of this setup. You could make almost anything you put your mind to, and the kids will barely care at all.
Less Plastic Silverware
If you spend your days working at a place with a cafeteria, like a hospital, you might go through a whole lot of plastic silverware during your week. Here's a quick and easy way to reduce that waste – take a little zippered bag and put metal, washable silverware inside it.
You'll have to take them home and wash them yourself, but even if you just throw them in the dishwasher once you step in the door, you're saving that much plastic. Day after day, shift after shift, meal after meal, you're saving plastic and reducing the amount of garbage that's being added to the world.
Bottles make excellent small greenhouses for protecting newly transplanted seedlings from dropping temperatures and severe winds - great for acclimating them to the outdoors or kicking off the new growing season. Additionally, they will deter birds. Peel the label off a transparent plastic bottle, snip off the bottom, and place it over seedlings or young plants.
Narrower bottles are ideal for individual plants, and you can keep them from blowing away by pressing them down into the earth. Bigger bottle sizes, such as five liters, are ideal for clusters of seedlings. Another tip is to leave the lid off for ventilation unless it is chilly.
Next time you eat hardboiled eggs or omelets, rinse the shells off and throw them in the garden. This can help to deter small pests from crawling near enough to eat your plants. Eggshells are completely organic and biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about harming the environment, like most pesticides do, or cleaning them up in the future.
Use an open container to store all of your eggshells so you can crush tons at once and have a more effective amount. Just make sure you allow them to dry fully before use to avoid any unpleasant smells.