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How to Recycle and Reuse our Packing Materials:
We have always been very "green" here at The Tasteful Garden using almost exclusively recycled materials for packaging but we thought we would suggest some great ways of being even more green with our packing materials:
No, you don't have to shred them, just flatten them out, cut a slit to the middle and a circle just large enough for the stem to grow through. About 2" should be fine. Then when you plant your tomato, gently guide the slit along the plant so the stem comes through the hole you cut. This cardboard stays throughout the growing season and will keep weeds from growing up around your plants! At the end of the season, the cardboard will breakdown either in the garden or compost heap and feed the worms all winter long.
Plastic pots are not the easiest material to recycle but they are perfect to start seeds or cuttings. You can also always send them back to us to reuse or ask schools or a local nursery if they would like them but unfortunately we have yet to find a better container for our plants. We are working on locating pots made of alternate materials that will hold up during the growing cycle and shipping of the plants but at this point, we are stuck with the plastic. If you come up with any better ideas of what to do with the pots, please let us know and we will post it here.