A Handy Dandy Soil Sifter/Plant Lugger

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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! 

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One thought 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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