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.

Vinegar Jug Mini Greenhouse

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

Photo by Sue Anderson

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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