Posted: 06/06/2015 at 01:23
I had to replace the plastic covers for my cheap little three-tier greenhouses and have found loads of uses for the old torn plastic covers.
I had a bay tree and a ceonothus which were leaning over due to years of strong winds. I cut strips of the plastic greenhouse cover, roll them up and place them round the stems of the shrubs like a kind belt. I then twist garden wire around the ends of the plastic to keep in attached to the tree and then attach the wire to the iron fence posts and over a period of time I've tightened the wire and re attached it to the post so it straightens the trunks a little at a time until they are upright.
I use the rest of the plastic to make little rainy day cloches attached to sticks to protect my saxifrages which hate wet in their middles - or to make little hoods for opening peonies with air holes in them.
I put a sheet of the plastic cover on the ground when I'm uprooting plants and pull it around to the area to replant them. I also use it to pile weeds on, wrap it around them and use it as a carrier to take weeds to the my garden waste bin.
I clean them by dipping them in soapy water in the bath, shower the soap off with the shower head and hang them on the washing line to dry off.
I also use cut off sections of the plastic covers to wrap around the stems of prickly plants like roses to hold the stems still if I'm pruning. I use them as miniature poly tunnels after sowing seeds into borders.
I keep finding uses for these quite tough old plastic covers rather than ever throwing them out.
Years ago I bought a dozen of those cheap wire little edging fences about 6" high that you just stick in the ground. They looked terrible as edging. I use them to keep cats off seed beds just by sticking a few in the ground at odd angles all over seed beds. The cats can't get in between them and they don't interfere with seeds coming up. Because they can be bent I use them around plants when they are in the early stages of growing or when I get fed up of the space taken up by oriental poppy leaves I put them under the leaves to hold them up so that I can plant young plugs around the poppies as they are going back and the leaves don't get in the way taking up too much space. I also put them flat with sticks attached at either end and use them as plant supports as they have plenty holes to support the plants. They can also be bent and attached to bird poles with garden wire to stop cats trying to climb the poles. Also, if little sections of my willow trellis get weathered and fall apart, I cover the broken section with one of the edging sections tied to the fence behind the trellis with garden wire.
You can tell I'm a cheap meanie!