Repurposing With A Purpose: Milk Jug Gardens


transferring plants to larger gardenWe are huge fans of repurposing things here at Jokari. Sure, you can get a lot of use out of everyday products the way they were intended. But it’s incredible how many OTHER ways you can use things, too.

This week, let’s talk about gardening. Yes, we know it's still winter and now may not seem like a great time to start a garden. But did you know you could repurpose milk jugs to make a greenhouse in your home?  Here’s how:

  1. Measure three inches up from the bottom of the milk jug. Use a knife to cut the milk jug at the three inch mark. SAVE THE REST OF YOUR MILK JUG! YOU WILL USE IT LATER!
  2. Make four holes in the bottom of each jug for drainage.
  3. WASH THE JUG (bottom and top) with warm, soapy water. Rinsempty milk jube in a solution that is one part bleach and nine parts water to sterilize.  Allow jug to air dry (preferably overnight)
  4. Set the jug bottoms in a shallow pan to catch any draining water. Fill the jug bottom with a sterile potting mixture to about ¼ inch from the top.
  5. Add water to the soil until the surface is moist.
  6. Sow seeds in the jug, planting them according to package directions. (Watch your spacing!)
  7. Set the top of the jug over the bottom of the jug. This gives you a miniature greenhouse, allowing your soil to stay warm. Keep the jug in a room that is 67-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Watch the soil and water as needed.
  8. After seeds germinate, remove the jug top and place jug bottoms in a location that gets about 8 hours of sunlight per day. Keep soil moist.  TIP: save the top of your milk jug to set over plants in the garden if they need frost protection!
  9. When the seedlings are about 8 weeks old, either transfer to your garden or place in larger pots.

Make sure you get every last drop of milk out of the jug. You can get an easy pour with a Jokari Milk Spout. Buy them here.Jokari milk spout

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