Reuse/Repurpose: Milk Jugs

Here are my top 3 uses for reusing milk jugs and turning them into something useful for the garden.

Reuse/Repurpose: Milk Jugs
Reuse/Repurpose: Milk Jugs

We go thru a lot of milk in our house – which means we have a lot of milk jugs. Instead of just throwing them out I try to use them for something useful. Here are some of the top ways we use them.

Mini greenhouses:

Cut three sides about 1-2 inches up from the bottom. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage and add soil and your seeds. I use the bottom that is removed from the hot caps as a saucer.

Olla/Drip irrigation:

Reuse/Repurpose: Milk Jugs

Probably the easiest of all three. All you do is poke holes in the milk jug and plop it into a hole. It is best to put these in before the plants – or at least when the plants are small – then you won’t disturb the roots.

Hot caps:

For hot caps all you do is cut the bottoms off the milk jugs. Make sure to take them off during the day – they do get toasty underneath. You can also unscrew the top for just a little ventilation.

How do you repurpose milk jugs?


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