Me going green … and dragging my family with me, kicking and screaming!

Baby steps toward self sufficience and greenocity

In the interest of “re-use” in the garden April 29, 2008

I’ve gotta sucker A‘s aunt’s husband into letting us borrow his tiller in a couple of weeks to start my garden plot, but in the meantime I wanted to go ahead and start my seeds inside.  An interweb acquaintance mentioned using plastic disposable cups to start hers, and I thought that was a great idea.  Then I thought “Wait? Why would I go an buy something JUST to throw it away in a few weeks?” THEN I read that another interweb acquaintance has a home day care or something, and she used the cups from the little juice thingies they drink (think back to elementary school, plastic tub thing with a foil lid …).  EUREKA!!!  So I asked M if she would be willing to snatch all her preschool friends’ juice cups when they were done with them for a day or two.  She was definitely in.  I asked her teacher if M would be able to do that, and she kind of balked until I said “I don’t care if they’re sticky, they can just throw them in this bag and I’ll wash them when we get home.”  That was good enough for her, and she even offered yogurt cups too!

I was a little shocked when I was handed a bag full of cups that afternoon (well, this was yesterday).  The bag was half full of a lovely, fragrant juice/yogurt mixture.  MMMMM!!!  I didn’t expect the possibility of kids throwing their barely eaten yogurt in the bag!  Eh.  No big.  They rinsed off easy enough, and I have plenty of cups to use to start my seeds now.  I didn’t even buy anything!

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One Response to “In the interest of “re-use” in the garden”

  1. Cara Says:

    When we went to our local earth day event a while back, my boys planted seeds in little “cups” made from old newspaper. the newspaper cup, along with dirt and seedling can be planted directly into the ground as is!


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