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By tracieh
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My water trays are starting to look like they are storing leftovers at Grammas house. I have been reusing any container I can get my hands on for seperating plants and starting seeds. I have cottage cheese containers (the nice deep ones!) whole foods soups, cat treat bin, yogurt containers, etc. I also have grass for the guinea pigs growing in red robin take out dishes :D These are ok to use correct?? Anyone else do this??
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By ChefDean
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Heck yeah!
Run them through the dishwasher and they're good to go. The only ones I don't use are the black ones, just because it will absorb more heat from the sun.
They may be a little more complicated to tetris in and fit everything, but they're free.
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By Panman
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I do the same thing. My favorites are YoCrunch yogurt containers. They are a seed pot and humidity dome in one.
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By Carnies
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Nice setup you got there Panman! What kind of lights you got?
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By optique
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its great to reuse plastic i even use the plastic jar lids as solo plant trays.

If you know a landscaper don't be shy to ask if you can have used pots, the one i know lets me have all i want. I sell banana trees it would cost a lot to buy pots that large.
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By Supercazzola
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I’m having difficulties trying to locate 1020trays with no drain holes that are anything other than black. I know it is slightly off topic, but what are you using for the trays from a recycled aspect ?
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By MikeB
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I reuse the plastic bowls from microwave meals. They're good for pots up to 5.5-inch / 14 cm in diameter. The trays for take-out food are handy, too. I have a couple trays from large orders of Culver's cheese curds that are currently being used to growing sphagnum moss. I don't expect them to last more than 1 or 2 seasons at the most, but they're good while they last.

@Supercazolla: If you don't need deep trays, these white 1020 trays work well. They're more expensive than the standard trays, but they're good for flytraps in smaller pots.

Edit -- After a bit of Googling, I found these:

Mondi Black & White Propagation Tray 1020 No Holes
$3.95 each
https://www.discount-hydro.net/mondi-bl ... -no-holes/

Manufacturer's page
https://mondiproducts.com/product/clean ... -no-holes/

They aren't completely white, but the black exterior won't soak up anywhere near as much heat as all-black trays.
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By Panman
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Carnies wrote: Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:39 pm Nice setup you got there Panman! What kind of lights you got?
I've got a 40 year old flourescent rack. It has 3 sets of lights, each takes 4 48 inch bulbs. I'm only using two of the racks and they each have 2 1200 lumen white led tubes and 2 flourescent "grow" bulbs. I'm thinking about getting rid f the grow bulbs and just using the led lights. They are bright!
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By Adelae
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If you're willing to dedicate yourself to eating a WHOLE LOT OF YOGURT, you can get this fantastic deepish white pot (and a lid for a tray!)
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By Carnies
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@Panman wow you've got a nice organized setup there. Love those flytraps and the live sphagnum. My greenhouse is a mess! Even though I have a 48 x 20 table and a rack it's still so messy. :(
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By DragonsEye
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You mean everyone doesn't do stuff like this? For you carnivores out there, the plastic trays that things like ground turkey come in are quite handy. I also use lids from peanut butter and such as saucers. Works well as they have a little depth to them.

Now the big Q .... Have any of you ever bought a container of snacks or whatnot that you might otherwise have decided to "be strong and just say no" because you started thinking how handy that container could be for plants or critters?
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By Panman
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DragonsEye wrote: Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:33 am Now the big Q .... Have any of you ever bought a container of snacks or whatnot that you might otherwise have decided to "be strong and just say no" because you started thinking how handy that container could be for plants or critters?
Now you're just meddling. :D
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By madrone
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DragonsEye wrote:Now the big Q .... Have any of you ever bought a container of snacks or whatnot that you might otherwise have decided to "be strong and just say no" because you started thinking how handy that container could be for plants or critters?
I think you just looked directly into my soul.
By Benny
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I use small yogurt cups (like Panman's). They make great starter pots.
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