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Since April 2008 the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners have been working with local garden shops and individuals to recycle used plastic garden pots. Jaci Dixon, right, and Robin VanDermay, both of Bloomington, sort the plastics for recycling at the ODC at Crossroads Center. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANNCOOK-NEISLER) (June 29,2009)
There is a much better solution than recycling these things!
It would be far better to repurpose (aka upcycle) these nursery flats and trays than to recycle them. They could be used productively to convert every raised bed vegetable garden in America to sub-irrigation.
The result would be significantly greater food production (in the range of 30-50%), conservation of water and valuable personal time. Further, it is a lot easier to learn than in the ground gardening with its exposure to uneven soil moisture and the risks of contaminated city soil.
The only thing holding us back is lack of education on the subject. Why isn't the USDA cooperative extension program, Master Gardener program, every botanic garden, every college and school teaching horticulture in America teaching these modern methods? Thanks to Google, it is well documented on the web that at this time they are not.
Sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) whether they are raised beds, boxes or buckets are the green and technologically modern way for city dwellers to grow personal, family and neighborhood food.It is time to speak up! The Center for Urban Greenscaping (CuGreen) is planning to speak in a much louder voice in the coming year. Please join the parade! You will be most welcome!