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Old 23-05-2014, 04:14 PM
Pea Shoot
 
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Talking useful 2 litre clear plastic containers

Hi
I have found plastic bottles such as those used for bottled water very useful on my allotment. I cut them in half and use both pieces to protect young plants when planting them on the plot.
They protect the plants from birds and slugs and act as mini cloches to protect from frost and ease the transition from the cold frame to the open ground. I keep a stock of them and use one half bottle on each plant, earthing up soil around their base to make them stable against wind. They are also reusable and can be kept for use over several years.
If you cut them in half lengthways they also can be used as mini cloches to protect newly sown seed rows in the nursery bed.
The best bit is, if you buy bottled water anyway, the containers are free.
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Old 14-06-2014, 01:29 PM
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I find the large innocent orange juice bottles are brilliant for this job. They have quite a wide opening at the top which means plants don't get too hot and allow water in when it rains but they still do the job of keeping the frost off. Only problem is eventually the slugs work out they can climb up to the side into the top!
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