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This $1 Item Can Protect Your Plants from Pests

This $1 Item Can Protect Your Plants from Pests

Here in the US, we can find dollar stores everywhere. But finding gardening supplies and row covers can  take some effort. What if you could buy your gardening supplies at the dollar store? Would that be too good to be true?

A very brilliant shopper, member Robyn from Phoenix, figured out that she could use a $1 pop-up laundry basket from the dollar store to protect her potted plants from birds, bugs, and the sun. What are the plumbers in Phoenix putting in the water, because that is freaking brilliant?!

You know those pop-up nylon laundry hampers? They’re made of a large spring, and are covered in nylon mesh. Robyn says that she paid $8 for her nylon mesh laundry hamper, but a commenter said that she’s seen collapsible hampers at the Dollar Tree for $1 each. A whole bunch of “reputable” online retailers are selling collapsible nylon laundry hampers for at least $10 each. For your garden, just go to the dollar store and buy the generic second-rate bulk commodity ones.

Now here is how to substitute a collapsible nylon mesh laundry basket for row cover: Open up the hamper so that it’s fully extended. Turn it upside down. Place it over the plant that you want to protect. You can place it on the ground to cover the entire pot and plant, or you can balance it on the rim of the pot if the pot is the same diameter as the hamper.

While overturned hampers would be hard to cover whole rows of plants with, they’re a perfect fit for container gardens. Thanks to Robyn from Phoenix and all the handymen and ladies on for the foregoing ideas and photo.

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6:47AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you Chaya, for Sharing this!

7:45AM PDT on May 29, 2013

Good idea.

2:36AM PDT on May 28, 2013

great idea

4:27AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Kind of defeats the purpose of the plant, but thanks anyway.

7:08PM PDT on May 23, 2013

how cool

10:51AM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thanks! This is a great idea. I'm doing a lot of container growing and we're having a very good year for bugs!

As to the comment that they are not very pretty......neither are bug eaten plants.

7:04PM PDT on May 15, 2013


11:08AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Simple, but not very pretty...

9:55PM PDT on May 9, 2013

Awesome idea, thanks for sharing this!

10:39AM PDT on May 9, 2013

awesome idea. Ty for sharing

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