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How to grow sprouts with the #1 eco-friendly recycling

Empty sprouts with plastic bottles
Growing sprouts with recycled materials – a measure to protect health and the environment

Making the green wave of living more and more widespread, many families are now very fond of the way grow sprouts associated with recycling. Reusing discarded plastic bottles, jars and cups into baskets and pots for vegetables is a very useful way to protect the environment. Not only cheap, easy to find, but you can turn your garden into a unique and different garden.

Materials needed to grow sprouts.

Main materials – recycled items:

  • Some plastic bottles (used condiment bottles, filtered water bottles, filtered water bottles);
  • Styrofoam boxes (containers of used sticky rice, rice, food);
  • Used plastic cups (cups), plastic dinner plates.

The basic materials needed for all sprouting methods.

Including: specialized nutrient soil, quality sprout seeds, water for irrigation and watering tools, tilling tools.

How to grow sprouts with recycled materials.

Step 1: Take the recyclables needed to grow sprouts to a clean toilet, remove the lid (you can keep it and use it as a toy for children – see instructions on YouTube),

Step 2:

Cut off the bottom of the bottle.

Step 2 - how to grow sprouts with recycled materials
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Step 2.2 - how to grow sprouts with recycled materials
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Then, use scissors or a sharp knife to poke (poke) about 3 to 5 holes or more depending on the size of the bottle. A hole with a width of about 5mm (the size of a pea) helps the water in the bottle after watering to escape, preventing the plant from being waterlogged.

Step 3:

Step 3 - How to grow sprouts with recycled materials
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Use the prepared nutrient soil to fill the bottles and jars with sprouts.

Note: Pour soil until the soil is evenly spread on all sides, only about 3/4 of the cut plastic bottle should be filled.

Step 4: Fix bottles, jars, cups, etc. to the truss (you can use the fence, the wall of the house to make a truss to grow sprouts with recycled materials). You can also decorate as you like, depending on the design of the house such as attaching to the wall, using ropes to hang in rows, creating blocks, creating ferries, …

Step 5: Soak the sprouts (if you are using seedlings, you can skip this step).

  • It is recommended to soak in the ratio of 2 boiling: 3 cold. However, there are some seeds that can be sown directly without soaking. Therefore, depending on the type of sprout seeds, you will decide whether to soak or not. In addition, depending on the size of the seed to estimate the soaking time. Do not soak too long or too quickly depending on the species.
  • According to the old ancestors’ experience, when soaking, it is necessary to observe the floating seeds and the seeds sinking to the bottom of the basin, the pot (where the seeds are soaked) to be able to quickly remove the seeds that are flat, deep, small, these seeds will does not germinate or if it does, it does not grow quickly or dies in the middle.
  • After soaking, you take out the seeds and wash them with clean water.

Step 6: Put the seeds of sprouts or seedlings that have been prepared in advance into the bottle.

Step 7: Water the sprouts daily. It should be watered 1 to 2 times a day. The more sprouts sprout, the taller the plant, the more water needs to be watered. However, do not water too much if you do not want the plant to be waterlogged.

Then wait for the tree to grow and harvest.

See more: Simple and effective home-grown sprouting techniques

Models of growing sprouts with recycled materials

Design a plastic bottle in the style of a vertical hanging garden

Hanging shoes for growing sprouts
Hanging racks for growing sprouts with bottles

This type of design is a kind of sprout garden that saves both land and cost. Besides, it also makes your garden unique, creating excitement for visitors and children. At the same time, it also brings a feeling of coolness, helping your family rest, more enthusiastic about taking care of the sprouts.

Note, with this type of design, depending on the type of vegetable seed, the hanging distance will be different.

  • With sprouts with long stems, the distance between the baskets must be far apart to create space for the best growth.
  • With thin, short-stemmed sprouts, the distance between the baskets should be close to each other to both save space and save time watering the plants.

Automatic sprouting watering system

Automatic watering system on plastic bottles for growing vegetables
Automatic watering system on plastic bottles for growing vegetables

Growing sprouts with recycled materials, like in many other ways, requires regular regular watering for the plants to grow.

Most families will choose manual watering, each member of the family becomes a gardener who is responsible for watering the plants. This job helps to connect the family, creates excitement for children to love farming more.

Some families with more conditions will decide to install an automatic watering system. This irrigation method will be limited in some planting terrain and only applies to sprouts that need the same amount of water and watering time, especially suitable for busy families.

Besides, now there has also appeared an automatic watering system made from pipes and pumps (as shown). The water after being automatically pumped to the top of the tube will slowly flow down to the adjacent plastic bottles and so on until the last plastic bottle. The water then flows to the pre-installed water tank at the bottom and continues to be pumped up, forming a cycle. This method is both cheap and time-saving, bringing a difference to the space of your plants.

Large plastic bottles for growing vegetables

Large plastic bottles for growing sprouts
Reuse large cans to grow sprouts

If you use large plastic bottles such as old mineral water bottles or 5-10 liter cans, you should plant more leafy sprouts. However, this way is quite space-consuming, so you can plant them on the terrace or balcony of the house, turning them into long, tall vegetable pots as you like.

Emilia Chaney
Emilia Chaneyhttps://agrisearch.net
My name is Emilia Chaney. I'm a social girl from Romania with a big smile and 3 passions: Agriculture, Travel and Social Media. I try to make this blog practical, full of great advice and inspiring ideas.

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