Original purpose: Ammo for shooting baskets into the recycling bin.
Aha! use: A soil substitute. Fill the bottom of a large planter with your empties to take up extra space before adding soil.
Reward: Putting the green back in green thumb.
—submitted by Robin Ruggles Kallfelz
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