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Frugal Project #2: Berry Nice!

Updated on November 4, 2012

A sweet way to repurpose those empty plastic cat litter containers!

These plastic cat litter containers can add up quickly. Not wanting to add to the local landfill, I wondered what I could do with them...and the idea hit - Strawberry Planters/Jars!
These plastic cat litter containers can add up quickly. Not wanting to add to the local landfill, I wondered what I could do with them...and the idea hit - Strawberry Planters/Jars! | Source
Remove the plastic labels and clean the exterior.
Remove the plastic labels and clean the exterior. | Source
Next, draw an oval on the top, to each side of the carry handle (comes in great, by the way, for moving the planter when needed.)
Next, draw an oval on the top, to each side of the carry handle (comes in great, by the way, for moving the planter when needed.) | Source
Time to provide gravel/stones for drainage and good potting soil for the plants.
Time to provide gravel/stones for drainage and good potting soil for the plants. | Source
Add one young strawberry plant through the hole on each side of the planter. One plant on each side is all you will need as these tend to get quite bushy.
Add one young strawberry plant through the hole on each side of the planter. One plant on each side is all you will need as these tend to get quite bushy. | Source
Remember to water your plants and turn them occasionally for full sun effect. Pretty soon you will be enjoying your delicious berries! With the strawberry trailers, you could start several more of these easily portable planters!
Remember to water your plants and turn them occasionally for full sun effect. Pretty soon you will be enjoying your delicious berries! With the strawberry trailers, you could start several more of these easily portable planters! | Source

Perfect for balcony planting!

Three cats. That's a lot of cat litter. The cardboard boxes (with handles) were easy to repurpose - they make terrific packing/storage boxes and fold down flat when not needed. What to do with these plastic cat litter containers. I just couldn't see myself throwing them out - what waste! With that in mind and my garden planning for the spring, an idea took root.

Strawberry planters! Yes! I was going to purchase a couple (I love strawberries) but the hefty price tag of the strawberry jars had me holding off. With another look at the containors, I came up with a solution. Just follow the steps in the photos and pretty soon, you will have delicious berries growing and save from adding to the local landfill.

You could plant something other than strawberries but the size of the container really doesn't allow for growing taller plants.

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    • Daniel Cravener profile image

      Daniel Elliott Cravener 5 years ago from USA

      Strawberries have only like 150 calories in a whole pound too!