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Reuse It: 5 Reuses for Plastic Milk Jugs


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firefly said,

Thursday, November 16. 2006 at 16:42 (Link) (Reply)

Sweet! Thanks for #1 -- I'll be replacing a shepherd's crook holding a finch feeder with a sturdier pole in the near future, and this gives me an idea what to do with the crook: position it so the bottle hangs over the bird bath for the water drip.

I try to reuse things like plastic grocery bags, veggie bags, even paper towels at least twice, sometimes until they have no more life.
Colleen said,

Friday, November 17. 2006 at 08:10 (Link) (Reply)

Hi firefly!

Happy to help :-) It's funny that you mention plastic bags----if you were to look under my kitchen sink right now you would find two big cofffee cans stuffed full of bags...I like reusing them too, but I could stand to reuse them faster. Any ideas??
Kim (Blackswamp_Girl) said,

Thursday, November 16. 2006 at 22:38 (Link) (Reply)

This kind of goes with the seed flats idea, but go to www.wintersown.org and learn how to winter sown in one cut open and then taped back together. (You know, because you don't have enough other stuff planned for the garden next spring!)

By the way, did I ask if you were my long-lost sister in a recent comment? If I did, I should have specified younger sister... I read about your age over in your GardenRant post and discovered that I have a whole year on you, woohoo! grin
Colleen said,

Friday, November 17. 2006 at 08:19 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Kim!

I've wondered that myself----it's almost scary how alike we think :-)

I checked that out on the wintersown site. You're right--that is a good idea! Reading all of the success you guys are having with winter sowing finally swayed me. I decided to try it this year. Did you see Kasmira's (Cincinnatti Cape Cod) pics of all of her wintersown babies?? Insane. That finally pushed me over the edge. I'm too cheap to ever allow myself to buy that many plants at the nursery :-) You'll have to tell me any winter sowing tips you have, you know, since you're obviously my long lost sister and all....
JLB said,

Friday, November 17. 2006 at 18:50 (Link) (Reply)

I never would have thought of the bird-bath-dripper! Extra points for creativity on that one. :-)

I'm perpetually cursed (blessed?) by the "I could use this!" syndrome, so I appreciate your philosophy of reusing at all opportunities.
Colleen said,

Saturday, November 18. 2006 at 09:45 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Jade,
I wish I could take total credit for that one :-) I saw this idea in a book that I checked out of the library, "Bird by Bird Gardening" by Sally Roth---great book, BTW. I thought it was one of those great ideas that a lot of people could use.

I am a total packrat. If I even have the tiniest idea that I could eventually reuse something, it goes into this cabinet in the basement. Right now it's full of plastic and glass jars, coffee cans, milk jugs, bags of all kinds.....I'm glad you relate!

Thanks for stopping by!
Carol said,

Saturday, November 18. 2006 at 05:39 (Link) (Reply)

Very good ideas on reusing the milk jugs. My household is different... maybe one jug a week.

I do recycle but always wonder if the labor, gas for the truck, etc. makes it worth it. And our city has a very low participation rate in curbside recycling because they charge for it. They need to make it free and encourage it!

Let's not talk about age...
Colleen said,

Saturday, November 18. 2006 at 09:50 (Link) (Reply)

Hi Carol!
We're lucky because recycling is free here. It still frustrates me how few people seem to take advantage of it.

We go through about three gallons a week here---and that's just milk for Emily and Sarah. Hubby and I will maybe go through one half gallon per week. But...I'm not complaining. I get to reuse the cartons, and milk is a hell of a lot cheaper than formula was!

What are all those sayings about age? "Age is relative," "You're only as old as you feel" and all that :-)

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