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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By Chaya Kurtz,


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Chaya, for Sharing this!

Susan C.
Susan Clay4 years ago

Good idea.

Ingo Schreiner
Ingo Schreiner4 years ago

great idea

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

how cool

Nancy Hatcher
Nancy Hatcher4 years ago

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.

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter4 years ago


Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Simple, but not very pretty...

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog4 years ago

Awesome idea, thanks for sharing this!

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap4 years ago

awesome idea. Ty for sharing