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Gardening hint
For those of you who are both sleep apnea sufferers and dedicated gardeners, here's a tip. As you know, those distilled water bottles accumulate at an amazing rate but they can easily be recycled as cloches for tender seedlings. Cut the top off down to the square part of the bottle, turn it upside down and cut a hole three of four inches square in the bottom (a wood-burning knife works well). Make a hole on each of the long sides about an inch from the bottom (which was originally the top!) and thread a metal garden staple through each. Put the bottle over the tender plant, press the staples firmly into the ground and presto! - a neat cloche that lets rain and sun in but prevents wind damage, keeps the plants warm on chilly nights and reminds everyone not to step on that spot! I've been doing this for some years now and the results have been entirely satisfactory.

Happy gardening!
06-13-2015 10:05 AM
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RE: Gardening hint
My husband is thrilled when I have an empty distilled bottle. He uses them for all sorts of projects outside.

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06-13-2015 11:31 AM
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RE: Gardening hint
When I used distilled, I used to poke a hole or two in the bottom. When a plant needed watering, I staked a jug near it, filled up the jug, and let it slowly drain. Kind of like a soaker hose.

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06-13-2015 06:53 PM
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(06-13-2015 06:53 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  When I used distilled, I used to poke a hole or two in the bottom. When a plant needed watering, I staked a jug near it, filled up the jug, and let it slowly drain. Kind of like a soaker hose.

That's brilliant, Paula - I'll definitely be doing that - it's pretty hot where I live at the moment and my little plants need all the help they can get!

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06-13-2015 08:03 PM
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RE: Gardening hint
(06-13-2015 06:53 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  When I used distilled, I used to poke a hole or two in the bottom. When a plant needed watering, I staked a jug near it, filled up the jug, and let it slowly drain. Kind of like a soaker hose.

What a great idea Smile We have a few 'young' trees that would benefit from this approach.
06-16-2015 09:33 AM
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