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Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Repurpose old CDs to save your garden

July 17, 2007

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Have you been getting a lot of CDs for online service in the mail? And have you been tossing them?

Not so fast. There is something useful you can do with all those free CDs. They can save plants and trees, fruit and vegetables.

Instead of tossing the CDs out, drill a hole in the edge of each and thread thin wire, twine or dental floss through the hole. Then hang them on your fruit trees. The silvery, flashy surface will scare birds away.

You can protect low-lying fruit plants and vegetable gardens, too, by hanging these digital scarecrows on coat hangers (bent into hooks) and sticking them in the ground.

Comments

Ragingbear 7 years, 6 months ago

Tacky...

Almost as tacky as the suggestions for wallpaper use they posted about a month ago.

nell 7 years, 6 months ago

Yes, it is a pain when the robins poke a hole in every strawberry and I can't say I like the now-dominant non-native european starlings and house sparrows, but I'd rather not scare birds away indiscriminately, especially the insectivores.

Instead, plant native species of bushes, vines, trees and forbs that provide sources of food that they love and you don't eat, or at least don't mind sharing - serviceberry, persimmon, native dogwood, and many viburnums are a few examples.

storm 7 years, 6 months ago

Kind of reminds me of old coffee cans on posts that alert farmers of an obstacle - like a well. Anyhow, you can also use CD's for coasters or on bicycles for relective purposes, too. Re-using items for other purposes is generally a good idea. I once heard about gardeners using plastic tampon applicators for steadying their plants - boy howdy, what would the neighbors say?

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