Make do and mend in the garden
Maintaining your plot is an on-going task and over a period of time many gardeners will have come up with their own little tricks to help plants grow and keep things ticking over.
‘Make do and mend’ is a British mantra dating back to World War Two, but it’s not just about darning socks and making your own clothing, it’s about recycling what you have and using it in another way.
We’ve come up with a couple of ways in which you can turn every day household objects into gardening tools:
- Old sinks, baths and wellington boots make great alternative planters. Sinks make a great new home for herbs and alpines, while planted up welly boots, which you no longer wear are great for adding a bit of personality to your garden.
- You could even use old car tyres as they make great planters for potatoes, you simply add another to build up layers as your potatoes grow.
- Got some old net curtains? Don’t chuck them away as they’ll come in handy in the garden. Drape them over your crops to prevent the likes of carrot fly.
- Bubble wrap is another great material you are bound to have lying around the house, place it around tender plants to keep them warm.
- If you don’t want to splash out on glass cloches then plastic bottles are a good alternative. Remove the cap, cut the bottom off and place it over a plant to protect it against the frost, birds, slugs and insects.
- Any copper piping you have can be bent into arch shapes and your plants trained to grow over it, saving you lots of money.
- Don’t throw away your empty loo or kitchen rolls either, just fill them with compost and plant individual seeds of vegetables inside. They can then be planted straight into the ground and the moist cardboard will disintegrate.