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Tutorial: Recycled Milk Jug Garden Cloche

May 12, 2011

Over the past few weeks we’ve had a few nights where temps reached below 32 degrees, meaning I was scrambling around finding any random cardboard box/broken casserole dish/old sheet I could in order to cover all the little seedlings that had been springing up in garden. When my mom saw this, she chuckled a little and then showed up a few days later with these:

She and my dad cut the bottoms off of old milk jugs and made stakes out of old wire hangers.

Using a standard, handheld hole punch they punched holes in two opposite corners.

You can then use the nifty little stakes to hold the milk jugs in place, so they don’t blow away with the wind…

…or get knocked over by curious cats.

My dad strung them up, through the handles, on an old piece of electrical wire which can be bent and will hold it’s shape. This makes it really easy to hang it all on a nail in the garage, keeping it all together and out of the way. You could do the same thing any type of twine/rope/wire and just tie a loop at the end.

I know that cold weather is quickly getting warmer, so most of us won’t need these anymore this spring, but maybe some of you northern friends might have a use for them still! And for the rest of us, this is a heads up to save our jugs and have them ready to go for next spring (don’t ask me where my parents came up with 20 empty gallon milk jugs at a moment’s notice…this is why my mom’s crafting stash is a treasure trove).

By way of warning, makes sure you get outside first thing in the morning to take these puppies off, or else you’ll fry your baby seedlings. If the day will not be warming up very much, you can simply take the lids off the jugs and then put them back on again for below freezing temps at night.

I love my parents ingenuity in this project, especially the way every single piece of it uses recycled materials that were just lying around the house- even the old plastic mayonnaise jar used to corral the stakes.


Is there anything popping up in your garden yet?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa permalink
    May 12, 2011 11:09 am

    This is brilliant!!!!! I have scrambled for years to find enough sheets and rags to cover my plants!! Awesome!!

  2. Alison Carlman permalink
    May 13, 2011 5:20 pm

    your parents are so amazing!! now we know where you get it from.

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