There is nothing more frustrating, for a gardener, than losing garden plants, that represent a lot of time, money, care, and hard work, to pests. Around our homestead, most of the battle is fought against gophers, squirrels, birds, and ants, and it happens right around the time of harvest, just when the fruits and vegetables are reaching their peak ripeness.
Recently, however, I’ve been losing new growth, in the form of tiny, helpless seedlings to an unidentified pest – one that comes in the darkness of night, and has been eating the seedlings right down to the ground, rendering it impossible for the plant to send forth any new growth — not good.
I’ve already lost two beds of baby lettuce and several individual pots of broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower to these predators, and I don’t want to lose any more — every lost plant is a loss of time and money for me.
So, I’ve come up with a really simple, all natural, and inexpensive way of protecting our young plants and keep these devastating pests at bay…
By simply taking plastic juice and water bottles, cutting them in half (and cutting a small hole in the bottom piece), and placing them over the plants (pushing them down into the soil to seal off the plant), these “up-cycled cloches” do a great job of protecting our tiny seedlings from whatever was previously feasting on them.
Since covering my seedlings with these plastic cloches, I have not lost one single plant to our mystery predators and, as a bonus, the plants are thriving in the warm, micro-climate that the cloches produce!
So, if you are looking for a simple, inexpensive way to protect your young plants from garden pests, the elements, or to simply hasten their maturity, look no further than your recycling bin where you, most likely, already have everything you need to protect your precious plantings.
Even though you will no longer be able to cash in on their redemption value, I’m sure you’ll find that, using them in the garden this way, they are worth their weight in gold!