Ways to Use Gallon Milk Jugs for Planters

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Gallon milk jugs make great tools to use for planters for a number of different reasons. Learn about the ways that you can use gallon milk jugs for planters with help from an experienced nursing professional in this free video clip.

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Hey there. Oscar Carmona for Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery located in beautiful Santa Barbara, California, here today to talk to you about how to make a planter out of a one gallon milk jug. Well, I admit this isn't exactly a milk jug, but it is a one gallon plastic container and like a milk jug it has a handle and then the basic receptacle for the liquid. In this case we're going to fill it with soil and plant into it. What I've done is I've removed the front shoulder I guess, if you will, to including the circular top and left the handle on the back side because you can carry this around or hang it. It is possible to cut all the way down around and just have an open cylinder and you can go that route too. The other thing you want to make sure is the, and I used scissors for that, you can use the tips of the scissors and just poke through here. I did six holes equidistant kind of in a pie shape circular pattern. Then we're going to take and I've got vermiculite and perlite, I mean peat moss and perlite here mixture here with some of mine own worm castings, about twenty percent worm castings. And I've added bone meal, blood meal and azomite, which is a mineral, mineral nutrients. When I fill this up it is going to compact a little bit. And I'm going to plant strawberries into this. I think it's great because this is plastic, it'll heat up a little bit better. The back side will actually create a little bit of a heat sink here. And I'm going to place, and you don't want to plant these plants any deeper than they are at the surface that you find them in, in a container. So we're going to plant them at this level. I may want to remove a little bit of soil here so that I can fit this in nicely. I don't want it to, I want to make sure that the level certainly is under the lip of the edge of the pot, in this new what is now a pot, so that we can let the water sink in, instead of having to run off. But not too much lower because you want the plants to be able to extend out, easily open and then have air space, air flow at the base of the plant. And that's basically it and there we have it. It's a one gallon pot that has been converted, or one gallon milk container that's been converted into a pot. Oscar Carmona for Healing Grounds Certified Biodynamic Nursery. Remember, feed the soil and let the plants feed you.


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