by Texas Homesteader ~
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Do you have empty coffee cans waiting for repurpose? They’re so handy with their snap-on lids.
Y’all know RancherMan & I are avid coffee drinkers. But we don’t want sweetsy, foamy flavored, overly-sugared drinks. We want coffee. Strong, black, delicious.
As a result we have lots of empty coffee cans to repurpose. We’re always looking for ways to put these handy canisters to good use. Here’s another simple way those empty canisters get repurposed on the Homestead.
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Our Coffee Canisters
The plastic canister our coffee’s sold in has not only the snap-on lid, but also a handle molded right into the side of the can. So it comes in handy for many uses when it’s empty. We use several to store chicken feed and dog food.
RancherMan uses some of them in the shop to gather bolts & hardware together. And I’ve even spray painted them and used them for sharing plants from my garden with friends.
Heck we’ve even used them to make a chicken feeder. So many different ways to use them! Be sure to check the repurpose list at the bottom of this post for more ideas.
But I still have some I need to put to use. Our coffee consumption goes on, ya know??
Weeding The Garden
So I looked for uses in my garden. As most gardeners do, I go to the garden every day to look for anything needing to be harvested. I also check soil moisture and scout for weeds at the same time.
Now I don’t like weeding any more than the next guy. But you know how it is – if you tackle that weed today when it’s small it’s no big deal. If you wait until tomorrow it will have grown to twice the size and have fangs and green eyes, ready to destroy you. No?? Just me?
I know weeds are easier to eradicate if you tackle them early. So I spend a couple of minutes every day weeding the garden rows.
Because I weed so often, the weeds are always tiny with a small root system. It makes them much easier to pull up root & all. So my small weed problems don’t turn into large weed problems.
Repurposing A Coffee Can
I use a repurposed coffee canister to help simplify my daily weeding. Just for this purpose I keep a spare plastic coffee canister in my garden.
When I go down the rows pulling those small weeds I bring the canister along with me. It’s easy to drop the grassy weeds into the canister. And when I’m done I snap the lid back on and set it aside to continue its duty tomorrow.
Using Contents For Compost
Then when the can’s full I toss the contents into my *tumbling composter. Since I’m pulling them young, there are no seeds on my weeds. So it actually benefits my compost by adding to my ‘greens‘ balance.
And every gardener knows how valuable compost is for your garden. Thankfully it’s super easy to make compost yourself. For FREE!
So there ya go, another easy way to repurpose coffee canisters. Making weeding the garden easier? Helping to make weed-free compost? Repurposing something to new use? Yes please!
In the future I may spray paint my garden-weed holder some color other than bright red so it’s a little more subtle in my garden.
In any event, it’s repurposing and it’s saved me much weed-pulling effort. And you know I love that!
How’s your favorite way to repurpose those great canisters?
Coffee Canister Repurpose Ideas:
- Removing The Print
- Making A Cute Country Bread Box
- How To Make A Flour Canister
- Storing Bulk Items In The Pantry
- Replaceable Food Storage Dishes
- Using Repurposed Canisters In The Garden
- Repurposed Coffee Canister To Cute Inexpensive Planter
- Making A Low-Waste Chicken Feeder
- Coffee Canisters Into EcoBricks For The Garden
- Fun Ways To Repurpose Coffee Canisters
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