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Great Find for Covering Plants

Good morning everyone. I was at Big Lots yesterday and came across a collapsible mesh laundry hamper for only $8. I decided it would be perfect for covering plants in containers or on the ground, to protect from birds, or from the Phoenix sunshine. It worked out great. I will check the dollar stores and see if I can maybe get more. The $8 one is a nice size, 16 inches in diameter. It even folds away when I don't need it!

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  • Kathryn MacMillan
    Kathryn MacMillan Annandale, NJ
    on Feb 9, 2015

    Thank you, fantastic idea. I got an elasticated outdoor plastic table cloth cover for a buck at a yardsale, pretty floral pattern, I stretch it over my wheelbarrow, if I go in after dark and haven't finished gardening, I leave my gloves, tools and bags of dirt in the barrow, and they are dry good to go in the morning, the wind never seems to take it off.

  • Irene
    Irene Montclair, CA
    on Feb 10, 2015

    I want to get some of the hampers to cover my veggies that are in pots. They will keep the white butterflies off my cabbage, brussels sprouts, brocolli etc. any plants in the cabbage family. The white butterflies lay eggs and when the catterpilers hatch the eat the plants and make a terrible mess of the plants. They get into every nook and cranny and then the plant is trash. I had thought of buying netting at the fabric store but the hampers are great because they can stand on their own. Thanks for the great idea.

  • CaliforniaSleepybears
    CaliforniaSleepybears Milpitas, CA
    on May 27, 2015

    Thank you for your idea! I have some succulent pot plants that I don't know where to put (not enough sunlight inside and get sunburnt under CA sun!) My backyard has not shade so I was trying to see what I can do... now I found 2 of these mesh laundry baskets in the house that I no longer use and use them to cover my succulents! Hope they grow well afterwards!

  • Laurie Ann
    Laurie Ann Chatham, NY
    on Jun 11, 2015

    dollar stores have them also

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV
    on Sep 30, 2016

    Where were you when I sent 3 of those hampers to 2nd hand store, what a great idea.

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