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Home Farming Tips Turn Your Old Jerrycans Into Planters

Turn Your Old Jerrycans Into Planters

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If you are looking for ways of growing food in a small space, consider recycling old jerrycans.

Charles Lukooya, a gardening trainer with CIDI Institute of Gardening and Landscaping says, these days, many containers are dumped and end up clogging the water channels.

“Cut and turn them into gardens. They are durable and easy to maintain,” he advises.

They help those in tight spaces to grow food.

For example, Betty Nankabirwa, a backyard gardener in Gaba, suburb of Kampala, uses recycled materials in her garden, including water bottles, tyres, jerrycans, plastic containers and sacks. She says the jerrycans are spacious and easy to recycle.

Nankabirwa is quick to add that she first cleans them. After, she cuts off some parts to create planting space.

She, then, drills holes in the bottom part with a hot nail, before filling the jerrycan with planting soil. The holes help with drainage.

Place them in a corner where they will receive enough sunlight and rainfall. 

You can use the jerrycans to grow flowers, vegetables, fruits and spices. You can also grow onions, tomatoes, spinach, Sukuma wiki, berries, mints, rosemary and kale, among others.

However, Nankabirwa paints some of her containers to make them stronger and more colourful.

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