- To make a mini self-watering planter cut a bottle in half. Take the top of the bottle and drill а hole through the lid and insert a long strip of capillаrу matting. Turn it upside down and plant it up. Drop the into the base of the bottle that has been filled with water.
- Plant labels – Remove the top and bottom of a milk container with scissors or a craft knife. Cut down the length of the remaining plastic circle and fold out. Cut into strips about 1-2cm (1/2 – 1 in) wide to make free plant labels.
- Mini cloches – Cut the base from the large spring water containers and stand them over tender crops to keep off the cold and pests.
- Plant pots – Simply cut bottles in half; the bottom half becomes a flat-bottomed pot, the top, with cap on, can be hung on a fence as a pot. Drill a few drainage holes in the base in both cases. Or use the bottle horizontally after cutting a section from the side of the bottle.
- Bird feeder – Cut a ‘window’ from the side of a bottle or milk container about half way up. Hang in a tree and fill up to the window with bird food.
Compost scoop – Cut the top from a four pint milk bottle. Cut at a slight angle leaving as much plastic above the handle as possible.
- String dispenser – Cut the plastic bottle in half and make a hole in the lid. Hold the top of the bottle, cap end down, and staple or nail it to the wall or edge of a shelf. Drop a ball of string inside and thread the string through the hole in the lid. Place a pair of scissors in the cup as well.
- Onion planter – cut the top off and take a substantial spring water bottle. Put a little compost in the bottle and when you reach the first row of holes insert onion bulbs into the holes with the necks just sticking out. Add water and more compost somewhat as you go. Add another layer of onions. Keep going until the whole bottle is not empty. Place on a windowsill or a greenhouse bench. Snip off some leaves as they grow for a flavouring that is tasty to your cooking.
- Slug trap – Cut on the end of a bottle off about a third of the way down. Fit into the foundation of the bottle making sure and turn this round you take the lid away. Fill the bottle with some beer or slug pellets and put on the earth near your vulnerable plants.Using a nail and hammer make holes in the lid of a milk bottle. Fill these with water and place around your plot or greenhouse. Really great to have these to hand when you spot a dry plant.
- Storage containers – Take the lid off a pint milk bottle or jam jar and fix it to the underside of shelving with a nail. Fill the carton or jar with labels, screws, nails etc. and screw to the lid. Write on the bottle to show the contents.