I stopped by the dollor store last week looking for some cheapy spray bottles to use on the basement plant starts. While there, I found these 2 kinds of baskets: one a small (bushel) sized laundry basket and a smaller wire (waste paper) basket.
Joy! Both had open bottoms. Perfect! At a buck apiece, I cleaned out their entire inventory (34 baskets in total).
Now if you thought I was dealing with an extraordinary amount of laundry or waste paper - think again.
Remember those d^mn deer? Well, they are still gnawing down everything in my garden, especially my poor struggling yews back by the golf course.
I'd not used baskets like this before because all I could ever find were the type that had solid bottoms. Last thing I wanted to do was restrict light and water to these abused babies.
I positioned the blue ones on the plants visible to the house. I used the white ones behind the shed and compost bins so they weren't quite as jarring to the eye.
Honestly, if the baskets had been bright pink I'd still have used them. ANYthing to help thrwart those *&#(! deer.
As for the wire baskets? I'll be using them as cloches in the veg bed this spring. I'm thinking they'll save cuke, kale and other little plants while they get established.
Yep - sure was a lucky find for me. Too bad if someone else needed a cheap waste or laundry basket, though. :-D
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