As the cat
the top of
first the right
then the hind
into the pit of
Poem - William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
I set myself a double challenge for today: not only to write a post for Shirl's Plastic Plant Pot Challenge, but to also find a corresponding poem about flowerpots for Garden Bloggers' Muse Day. I think I've just about been successful in my search for the latter, which reminds me of how Skimble and Jess react when there's empty pots around. I've also discovered one of America's most important modern poets in the process :)
Now to the first part of the challenge: Shirl is asking for information on plastic plant pots reuses and recycling. She's been in contact with her local garden centre which has a recycling scheme and persuaded them to make the pots available to local schools and organisations that might have a use for them. What a great result :)
I've been waiting for just such an opportunity to show you what's been happening down my way lately. Terry at The Botanic Nursery has been taking back all of the plastic pots from plants supplied by him for a while now and I was delighted to see last year that my local garden centre has followed suit. Terry reuses his pots and the garden centre sends them to Wiltshire's main recycling operator. In view of this it's interesting to see that plastic plant pots aren't part of the company's general household recycling collection - looks like something else to pursue with them (I campaigned for tetrapak recycling a couple of years ago and they've just reported over a million cartons were recycled in the scheme's first year of operation) - as well as taking up Shirl's challenge to get more reuse of the pots in the first place.
I've reused quite a few plant pots myself. I keep a large supply to hand for starting my garlic off in the winter as my plot's too wet for planting the cloves out directly. Loads are used for spring seed sowing too. I'm also using quite a few in both of my sheds as holders for tools and other such things that would just get tangled together in a large box. I also use some as 'watering pots' in the summer, sinking one in each of my summer containers, so that water gets closer to where it'll do most good, plus it reduces the amount of water I need to use in the first place.
Elsewhere, my local wildlife trust has a massive fund raising plant sale in the spring, so I donate lots of spare pots for that. I've also noticed this year there's been a sharp increase in the use of biodegradeable pots: my local garden centre has been taking herbs from the Hairy Pot Plant Company which uses coir ones. Then when I made an emergency purchase of squash and courgette plants in May - as my seeds had refused to do anything - I found two of my local DIY stores were selling plants in little cardboard pots, so they could be planted out along with the seedling. I hope this trend continues.
Thanks Shirl for coming up with this fun challenge and for kindly providing the image I've used at the head of this post. Now I'm off to see everyone else's contributions, especially if there are any other ideas I can
nick use, as well as seeing what everyone's done for Garden Bloggers' Muse Day over at Carolyn's :)