Garbage to Garden: Best Tips for Growing Plants from Trash

While there are reliable dumpster companies like Beloit Dumpster Company for all your major trash, not all trash must be trashed! You can create your own green space from the trash in your house. Interested? Read on to find out how to convert garbage to a garden.

As support and pots

  1. You can practically use any household containers like wellingtons and tin cans, plastic bottles, old shoes, colanders and even canvas bags as pots. Just make sure to drill holes for water drainage.
  2. You can use old gas pipes and plastic water hoses as support for your climbers. They can also be made into a framework and let creepers do the rest.
  3. If you have used cork you can label it and plant it in your herb garden making it easy to identify the plant.
  4. Poke holes into the cap of a milk jug and use it as a water can for your plants. Why spend unnecessarily on a watering jug.


  1. Ground coffee works wonderfully for acidic plants as it releases much-needed nitrogen for the plants.
  2. Don’t throw those banana peels but soak them in water and use the infused water for your plants. This water is rich in magnesium and will help the plants bloom.
  3. Do not throw the cardboard boxes after a move but use them to enrich the soil. Just cover the box with good quality soil and in a few months times the boxes will disintegrate and enrich the soil making it more nutritious.
  4. You can also grow plants from kitchen scraps which are usually thrown in the dustbin. In fact, plants like celery, basil, can be grown quite easily by placing the root after utilizing the leaves and the stem in a bowl of water and letting the roots grow. You can then put in the soil.
  5. Egg cartons can be used for microgreens. Just fill up the holes with organic soil and sow the seeds. With light, water and time you will have your own crop.
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