By planting and growing fresh vegetable and herb gardens, Bonnie Plants and our customers make the world a lot greener. But it goes even deeper for us. We are dedicated to expanding our green mission by providing environmentally sensitive gardening products and by employing sound, sustainable practices in our growing facilities. Bonnie makes it easier for you to practice sustainable gardening at home. The following are just a few of the ways that Bonnie Plants is going greener for you.
Our biodegradable pots are made by Jiffy from recycled paper and the same peat moss that is used to supplement garden soils and as an ingredient in premium potting mixes. The pots are 100 percent biodegradable. They prevent transplant shock by allowing the roots to remain intact from container to soil so that plants make an easier transition to the garden. The only pot of its kind available, Bonnie’s biodegradable Jiffy pots can be put into the soil “pot, plant, and all.” Remove the label, tear off the bottom of the pot, and plant the whole thing. As the pot disintegrates it becomes part of the soil. Roots grow through the pot, too. Watch a video of how to plant our pots.
Bonnie’s biodegradable jumbo fiber pot is made of 100 percent recycled paper product. Like our smaller pots, the Jumbo Fiber Pot reduces energy and petroleum use and prevents millions of pounds of plastic from entering our landfills. The fiber pots can also be planted directly into the soil, reducing plant shock and giving your plant a healthy head start. The fiber material quickly disintegrates, allowing the plant roots to grow into the surrounding soil.
Bonnie’s exclusive biodegradable pots have prevented hundreds of millions of plastic pots from ending up in landfills. They’ve also dramatically reduced energy and petroleum required in the manufacture of plastic pots. Bonnie plants, grown in biodegradable pots, are available at garden centers all across the country. We are the country’s largest wholesaler of vegetable and herb plants for home gardeners with plants grown in greenhouses in 70-plus locations around the country to respect regional differences and conditions.
Heirlooms and Hybrids, Not GMOs
Bonnie Plants grows hundreds of varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. All of our plants are either heirlooms or traditional hybrids. We do not grow plants from GMO seed. As a Bonnie gardener, you can rest assured that your plants are non-GMO.
Our Bonnie Plants Herb & Vegetable 8-4-4 Plant Food is derived from natural seed extract that offers the life-supporting power of a seed in a Little Green Jug. This special plant food formula is good for plants and the soil. Learn more on our plant food page.
Reusing and Recycling
The recycling facility at our headquarters reuses and recycles supplies, tags, pots, and plant container trays. A tumbler recycler allows us to separate our reusable materials, further reducing the amount of waste that goes to a landfill.
Sustainable Energy Production
At our headquarters in Union Springs, a new 62,000 square foot greenhouse is heated through a clean wood-burning process designed by Lee Energy Solutions of Guntersville, Alabama. To create fuel for heat, the system burns wood pellets made from trees harvested locally using sustainable forestry practices. The system then reuses the smoke produced by this burning as a secondary source of fuel, creating a closed loop with minimal byproducts.