For the longest time, I’ve been saving the single serving Stony Field yogurt cups. Back when I lived with my parents, their township did not recycle #5 plastic containers, so I was looking to send the cups back for recycling. The Preserve company transforms these yogurt cups into other products such as toothbrushes and plates. Somewhere along the way two years ago, hundreds of plastic yogurt containers moved with me to my new home. Once I moved out, I became interested in gardening and decided to start some tomato plants indoors. Soon it was time to transplant almost 100 seedings to larger containers.
This raised a new dilemma for me. I was looking for a way to be green and not purchase more plastic to just be tossed away after one use. Then it just hit me, I should repurpose the yogurt cups for transplanting! They are the perfect size and I do not need to spend more money on flower pots. The cups will be getting a second life, and possibly a third (or more) if I get my containers back from family and friends.
Here is how I prepare the yogurt cups for transplanting:
- Wash out the cups with hot soap and water to remove any excess fruit and yogurt.
- Dry the cups well and place them into storage until use.
- Just before transplanting, use a mild bleach solution (approximately 10 parts water to one part bleach) to sanitize the cups.
- Rinse and dry the cups thoroughly.
- Drill four holes in the bottom of the cup using a 1/8″ drill bit (or other means). You can stack about 5-6 cups together to get the job done faster.
- Start transplanting!
This will be my third season using yogurt cups for all my transplants.