Composting Gardening tools Soil

A Handy Dandy Soil Sifter/Plant Lugger

Here’s handy recycled garden tool: a plastic bakery tray, also called a bread tray, with a grid bottom. 

You can use it as a sifter to:

  • Remove undecomposed items from finished compost;
  • Remove stones from garden soil;
  • Sift out invasive rhizomes and roots;
  • Harvest new potatoes;
  • And dozens of other things, I’m sure.
Sifting potatoes. Photo: tonythegardener.blogspot.com

Just shovel in the soil or compost and shake: smaller particles go right through; larger bits stay put. Couldn’t be easier!

Carry Plants Too

I keep mine in my car trunk when I go plant shopping. I call it my “plant lugger” and I fill it with pots of plants I can then easily carry all at once rather than just two or three at a time.

I’m sure you could find one of these cheaply at a flea market.

Milk crate used as a sifter. Ill.: 20190509B H&G Ideas

Can’t find one? Try a milk crate. It also makes a great sifter and plant lugger! 

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

1 comment on “A Handy Dandy Soil Sifter/Plant Lugger

  1. It is amusing how useful some common items can be in the garden. One of my favorite tools for plugging zonal geraniums and iceplant is a common tire iron. (It is not just any tire iron though. It is from a 1976 Electra!)

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