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Planting Peas in Plastic Milk Cartons

Combine recycling with grow-your-own by re-using two-litre, plastic milk containers to grow young pea plants.



GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

Feature No:   4642 

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First, wash out empty milk containers, and cut just below the handle to create a 20cm high container. For ease of use, place into Root Pouches, which are made from recycled water bottles. Having put small drainage holes and 1cm of gravel into the bottom of each container, fill with general purpose compost. Place pea seeds on surface of compost, four to each container and, using an index finger, push each seed to a depth of 5cm in the compost. Finally, smooth over the top surface of the compost. Don’t forget to label — a wooden spoon looks far nicer than a plastic label. Water thoroughly and thereafter, do not allow the compost to dry out. After 3 weeks, the peas are growing well in the plastic containers, and are ready to be transplanted into their permanent position, alongside canes for support.



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