Turning Trash into Trees



– saving seed from fruit and local trees…

+ recycling trash containers into tree pots…

+ composting kitchen scraps and all organic matter (card paper, non-glossy cardboard, egg cartons, …)


SEED + COMPOST (+CONTAINERS) = TREES (one of the most important commodities of our future)


important note: Please.. do not purchase/consume wasteful products to fake-recycle it. We personally collect all the cardboard, plastic, and other trash/recycling out of our communities garbage. And if any wasteful products already pass through you, now you know what you should do. 🌲

Clear plastic bottles prepared upside down, with the bottleneck being the bottom can be easily held within carboard boxes for a season or any number of holders. This also helps with light-proofing the rootzone when there isnt any internal light-proof, lining (like cardboard).
A dozen date seedlings growing out of right-side-up, clear plastic bottles. Sitting flat on a cardboard tray
Moringa in some plastic bottles
More bottles, more moringa – to be…
Plastic bottles with the bottleneck end down, being held within large pots. ^ Leucaena… ^
Most of these Mexican sunflower cuttings are establishing in clear plastic, water jugs. WITHOUT light-proof lining (like cardboard). Seem to be doing fine. This picture was taken in the afternoon, on the last day of a solid week of 100+ degrees F. Below is a simple light-proofing method for the root zone of sensitive plants (Mex. Sunflower is a beast)
seasonally light-proofing clear plastic pots, via cardboard
Unrecyclable tetrapacks make long-lasting tree pots, and considering they are food-grade (whatever that means) they are not toxic to the plants


NOTE: text on the cardboard boxes is completely unrelated to the purpose of this article.

Shown in the above picture in the larger, right box – are tamarind and moringa seedlings growing out in thick tubes of cardboard. Which will last over a year, and may be planted whole into the ground. In the smaller box, there are several plastic drink bottles with there bottoms cut off, to allow another inch or two of soil depth for the tree seedlings (compared to cutting off the top – bottleneck portion of the plastic). A drainage hole is punctured through the bottle cap.

Thin card-paper walls of orange juice cartons will last at least a year, recycled protein powder containers shown on each side
recycled card-paper milk and juice cartons, water jugs, many recycled tetra packs (tetra packs last at least 2 years)


These are all recent fig divisions that are settling into there new containers. Far right, white colored pots are 1 gallon – plastic water jugs with the tops cut off, and then the inside walls lined with cardboard to protect the figs roots from any light. These figs will be in these pots for under a year, at which time the cardboard can be replaced. Other temporary (1 year) pot liners for clear containers could be most other paper trash or even a thick lining of straw/dry grass.



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