Why Gardeners Put Trash in Garden Pots We love beautiful flowers and plants. Many of us keep flower pots and planters in our windows, on our porches or patios. We enjoy being an important part of the life of a beautiful plant. The roots of flowering plants do not extend very deep into the pots they grow in. The uppermost few inches of soil in a flower pot should be the most health giving, nutritious soil in the pot. Many gardeners recognize that filling the entire pot with potting soil is a waste of good soil. It’s not uncommon for gardeners to place bulky materials into each flower pot before adding soil. The bulky filler can greatly reduce the amount of soil needed. We see that gardeners use empty plastic bottles, chunks of Styrofoam, packing peanuts, air filled packing pillows, wadded up plastic grocery bags, even rocks etc. Objects in the bottom of the pot assures that the majority of nutritious soil is where the plant’s roots can reach it. Gardeners usually believe this is an admirable act of recycling, i.e., reusing otherwise discarded materials that would have ended up in a landfill or worse. Unfortunately, plastic materials do not decompose. All of the plastic that has ever been made is still with us on earth. Plastic materials placed in the bottom of a flower pot will eventually, inevitably end up in the waste stream adding to the earth’s plastic pollution burden. Fill & Flourish Garden Pot Insets are made from beautiful, naturally occurring, sustainable bamboo. Fill & Flourish Inserts make an excellent raised base for soil in any pot or planter. They will remain structurally rugged and reliable as long as they remain dry. When you no longer need your Fill & Flourish Inserts, just dispose of them by burying them or discarding them. They are guaranteed to completely return to their biological components of carbon dioxide and water. No plastic. No unsightly litter. Nothing added to the waste stream. You can sleep well, knowing you’ve helped address our world of plastic pollution.