Thrifty Gardening: Plastic Bottles

There has been a couple of issues with snails and my plants so armed with some copper tape, a knife, a few empty water bottles I’ve come up with a cheap solution.

Firstly grab the plastic bottle, take the label off then cut the top & bottom off (keep the cut off for later as you can use them too).

Take an empty plastic bottle
Take an empty plastic bottle
I take the label off otherwise the rain will eventually will and make a soggy mess.
I take the label off otherwise the rain will eventually will and make a soggy mess.
All ready for some copper tape
All ready for some copper tape

Wrap the copper tape round the top and about an inch from the bottom.  I get the copper tape from the bargain/pound stores or online (in the past via sellers on Amazon).

Ready to go on a plant that needs some help!
Ready to go on a plant that needs some help!

Hey, Presto!  One sorry looking Salvia gets a little protection and a chance to grow!

NO SNAILS HERE!
NO SNAILS HERE!

I used the bottom of the bottle as a plant dish and the top I’ve used as a scaring off tactic on a cane to stop birds eating out fruit and veg.  I’ve used cheap blank CD discs as reflectors too.

Other uses for plastic bottles!
Other uses for plastic bottles!

Have you got any thrifty gardening stories?

What have you done in your garden that’s thrifty this summer?

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