What a good idea”.
That’s been the response from two customers who have called in recently to purchase nesting boxes or bird feeders. Both made this comment when they saw all the empty 3 litre fruit juice bottles that occupy my garden.
I loathe all forms of plastic and reminisce often about the good old days when glass was king. I can still visualise the wonderful daily ritual of the milkman pulling up in his truck and placing those pint bottles of cold milk in our mail box.
Coca Cola came in a glass bottle those days.
My children scoff when I rant and rave about how great things were then.
Anyhow enough of that as I’m getting off topic again.
Now what was I saying?
Oh yes, all those empty bottles and what to do with them.
Prior to last spring these plastic bottles went into the recycling bin but when I began gardening again I figured that they could be put to good use.
Its a simple task to cut off the base with a sharp stanley knife (take care whilst doing this) and then a hole drilled in the top for ventilation.
Ive found that these miniature plastic houses are great for getting my veggies off to a flying start as well as protecting them from the winter chills. Additionally the slugs and snails can see whats on the menu but sadly for them they can’t enjoy it.
At the moment I’m using the juice bottles mainly on brassicas but they work equally well with other plants.
Above are lettuces planted out in late spring.
Below, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts planted during autumn.
Ultimately these bottles will be recycled but why not get some extra use from them in the meantime.
I enjoy mowing the lawn, it relaxes me. It gets me outdoors, it’s good exercise, the freshly cut grass smells great, and the engine is loud enough that I’m sure no one else can hear my thoughts – or intrude upon them. Astrid Alauda