Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Biodegradable Containers Are a Win Win Component For Any Garden

Over the past few years biodegradable pots have become increasingly popular with nurseries and gardeners alike. There are several reasons for their popularity. One is that the roots of the plants to be transplanted are not damaged during transplanting. Another is ease of use, all the gardener has to do is to dig a hole slightly larger than the pot, place the pot in the ground, and let nature take care of the rest. The most important reason that bio-pots are so popular though, at least in my humble opinion, is that they keep thousands of tons of plastic out of the landfills and return to the earth that which was taken from the earth making gardening a much more sustainable endeavor.

Bio-pots can be composed of many biodegradable materials the most common being, peat moss, coir fiber made from coconut husks, and yes, believe it or not, composted cow manure which are called, of all things,  cow pots. Bio-pots have come along way from the bland gray containers from yesterday. There are now colored pots available from a variety of companies that are made from grain fibers and bear a remarkable resemblance to the popular clay and plastic pots. These pots look great in any windowsill and even better, they won’t clog up any landfills once they’ve outworn their welcome.

While bio-pots do make gardening easier there is one important tip I learned from Doug Baldwin of Dos Arbolitos at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s market. I have decided to try something a little different in this post and show that tip via video. Please please, hold the applause until after you’ve seen it :)

I plan to incorporate more and more biodegradable materials into my ever expanding garden and even have a few experiments planned in the months ahead. Until the next time, “Happy Gardening”

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