Why does gardening bring out the inner Rambo in me? I am constantly fighting with the squirrels, the slugs, and the rabbits. They eat my young plants. I swear one day there is a sunflower seedling. *Poof,* it is gone. (And we aren’t talking Fairy Godmother stuff here.) Well, the infuriated got resourceful. And guess what? Trash became my new best critter defense.
Anna, seriously? Trash?
Using Ordinary Trash to Stop the Critters:
Last week I wrote about using panty hose to stop squirrels and chipmunks from hollowing out my squashes. However, you can’t use panty hose to cover young broccoli plants (which slugs love) or sunflower seedlings (which every animal loves. *Sign*)
My advice? Use the following:
1. Milk and Juice carton containers: Cut out the bottom and cut the container in half. Discard the top. Use the sections for plants like sunflower, melon, or zucchini plants.
2. Ice cream tubs: Cut out the bottom and use them for plants that are a little larger such as cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage. They spread their leaves above the tubs sides.
3. Large Drinking Cups: Cut out the bottom and use for plants that will stand up such as collard greens, kale, and radishes.
The beauty of using these paper products are you can tear the sides when the plant gets bigger. Watch the video above to see my trash bed. It is a work of art!
Read tomorrow’s post on how to use other trash in the garden. Be sure to add your comments below of how you keep critters from eating your young plants’ leaves.
P.S. I lost a pepper yesterday. Someone ate its leaves. I have a nine foot fence around the garden but it doesn’t stop the critters who can climb. Or slither.
Join the Conversation:
- What trash do you use in the garden?