‘SelfEco Pot’ – Compostable, Self-Feeding Garden Pot

SelfEco Compostable Self-Feeding pots have plant food built right into the walls of the container

SelfEco is a United States made, eco-friendly, premium line of 100% compostable PLA caterware products. We offer a high-end option to the sustainable market. All SelfEco products are tree-free, petroleum-free, BPA-free, and landfill-free.

SelfEco Garden Pots help plants grow faster, bigger, and fuller, all while using less energy.

Made from plants, for your plants.
The SelfEco Pot is a compostable garden pot, made out of PLA (polylactic acid). PLA is made from starchy renewable plants like corn, switch grass, and sugar beets grown right here in the U.S. Starch from these materials are processed into a biopolymer that looks, acts, and performs like its traditional, harmful cousin: petroleum-based plastics.

New nutrients formula. Great growth with less cracking.
SelfEco Garden Pots have plant food built right into the walls of the container. These nutrients come from coffee chaff, worm casings, and other natural organics. As the pot breaks down it releases these nutrients and proteins directly into the roots. This helps the plants grow bigger and faster all season long.

It helps combat the plastic pandemic disrupting oceans and landscapes around the world. Compostable products are being mandated in cities around the world — however don’t fit every venue or event. Caterers, restaurants, and event planners work hard on their presentation often times only to be hindered by the plate or cup in which they have to present

All of it’s products are made in Stillwater, MN by it’s subsidiary VistaTek. Over the past few years VistaTek has set high standards to be a more sustainable facility. The goal to be a landfill-free facility is an audacious one, but is seemingly becoming more attainable each day. In the past 8 months alone we’ve redirected over 50 gaylords of plastic (nearly 10,000 pounds) away from landfills to be recycled.

Some tips;

Different seeds have a different germination rate, not because their embryos vary but because their shells have varying water-resistance. All that seeds need to activate and grow is some water to reach their embryos. Now, to jump-start the germination, all you do is presoak your seeds for up to 24 hours. However, you must be careful not to soak them for too long as they might rot. Presoaking helps in breaking the water-resistant coat/ dormancy and the seeds swell and the embryo begins to plump up. But, be sure not to soak seeds that germinate better in cool/cold temperatures in warm water and vice versa.

Used coffee grounds in your compost pile, as fertilizer and as an insecticide
You don’t have to throw away the used coffee grounds because they might be very useful in your garden. First, coffee grounds are very rich in nitrogen, and as such, they make a great addition to your compost pile because they speed up the composting process by breaking down the organic items in the compost pile. Again, the coffee grounds mask the unpleasant smell that comes from the pile.

Second, used coffee grounds make a good fertilizer thanks to the abundance of nitrogen. And, just to note, used coffee grounds are not acidic. The acid present in coffee beans is water soluble thus it goes to the coffee itself leaving the grounds acid-free.

Again, you don’t have to go for harsh chemicals when dealing with pests in your garden. All you need is coffee grounds because most pests, including slugs, can’t stand it. Plus, this will even be more advantageous if you have acid-loving plants because as mentioned above, unused coffee grounds have water-soluble acid which will end up in the soil with time.

Use leftover beer or Clarified neem oil to kill slugs
Buy Neem oil in concentrated form then dilute it yourself following the recommended dilution rates on the bottles. Neem will repel all types of insects including thrips and aphids. What makes it even a better option is that there is no harm in eating plants that have been sprayed with neem.

The other option is to use leftover beer in your garden to attract then kill slugs. All you need is beer in containers placed in various spots in your garden, and it will attract slugs then kill them once they crawl in.

Use an old milk jug as a makeshift watering can
A good garden hose can help a great deal, especially when watering large lawns. However, there are times when a watering can is more ideal. The good news is that you don’t have to buy one if you have an old milk jug because all you do is drill a few holes on the lid and voila! Also, this will be a great way to save water because you will have a better control of how much goes where. However, this will only work for simple watering tasks.

Use disposable diapers to retain moisture in your potted plants
Another great garden hack is laying diapers in your potted plants to retain moisture longer. This is especially helpful during the overly dry/warmer weather where pots require frequent irrigation. They are a great alternative to water retention crystals because they too contain hydrogel.