Uses for Empty Plastic Bottles in Your Garden

Plastic gallon jugs don’t have to go straight to the recycling bin. Learn how to make garden cloches with them instead.


| February/March 2015



Vinegar Jug Mini Greenhouse

You can make a simple and effective garden cloche from empty vinegar bottles.


Photo by Sue Anderson

We use large quantities of white vinegar as a natural weedkiller, and, as a result, we end up with a lot of plastic gallon jugs.

Although they’re recyclable, I’d rather reuse them. I cut the bottoms out of the empty plastic jugs and place the tops over our broccoli and cabbage starts to protect the seedlings from our cold, early-spring storms here in the Pacific Northwest.

Even in our concrete raised beds, spring still has a slow beginning. I planted some starts without the homemade mini-greenhouses, for comparison, and the ones grown under jugs were bigger!

Sue Anderson
Gaston, Oregon





dairy goat

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

LEARN MORE