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Thread: Homemade plastic bottle top cloches!

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    Default Homemade plastic bottle top cloches!

    Hello, I'm new to this forum, so I hope I'm not teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs....

    I just thought I would share with you a little trick I have, which many of my friends have copied.

    As I grow everything in pots, initially on windowsills, I need plenty of closhes. As I'm totally and utterly skint, I make my own. I ask everyone I know to save their 2 litre plastic bottles (the type you get coke etc in) and I cut them in half. Punch holes in the half with no hole and you have perfect homemade cloches.

    I always put them over my lettuces (take them off on hot days obviously) and they keep the slugs off!!

    Hope this is of help to someone,

    Cxx
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    I 've started saving all our bottles to do the same thing. It looks a brilliant idea, recycling and saving loads of money. Those shop bought cloches are all really pretty but they're expensive,aren't they. Happy growing!

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    I also used them like that last year. The smaller 500ml bottles, I cut the bottom ends off and sunk them in the soil next to my plants and watered that way so the water went straight to the roots.

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    I use the full height of the bottles, just removing the bottom (which are saved to use under pots on the windowsill). I leave the bottle top off for ventilation. Then I cut two slits about a centimeter apart near the bottom, then repeat the procedure on the opposite side. Two chopsticks (left from takeaways) are then inserted into the slits to anchor the bottle to the soil. They work great, and are a great way to recycle (and save money!).
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    For some reason, I hadn't thought of using the full size bottle - I'm definately going to do this with my cucumber and courgette plants which are getting too tall for their cloches already.

    Also, having just got yet another ticking off by my husband for muddy water stains all over the window sills, I love the idea of using the bottoms for under my plant pots - Brill!
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    Thanks for the tip on the plant pot bases! Staring you in the face really!!!!!
    AKA - BigMatt over at Chillis Galore......

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    Quote Originally Posted by windowsillqueen View Post
    got yet another ticking off by my husband for muddy water stains all over the window sills
    me too.
    I use old hummous tubs as saucers on my window sills.
    When I remember

    All gardeners know better than other gardeners." -- Chinese Proverb.

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    Gotta' love the versatile plastic pop bottle! Mine have not only provided a suitable cloche for my chilli plants over the years, but they've also prevented the cats eating the leaves of the plants. :-?

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