You know those gosh dern’it hosiery that squeeze you until you feel like you’re going to pop kind of hosiery? Well listen up ladies…I found this great idea in “Budget Gardens & Secrets” published by Birds & Blooms that had some nifty, thrifty ideas for resourcefully gardening with your hosiery!
We all snag or get a run in our nylons and just throw them away! However, Birds & Blooms suggests one great use for those throw-away nylons…”Use them as ties to hold up floppy plants or to anchor vines”. Boy howdy (that’s my new word since I just read “Cold Sassy Tree”)! Now who’da thunk!
The idea behind using the nylon is that it stretches and grows with the plant allowing it to breathe and accommodate the plant’s growth.
To use the nylon, cut it up into thin strips and tie it around the plant into a figure eight knot. And so it doesn’t stand out like a green thumb (no pun intended), tie it behind the plant.
Another great idea that they had, which I have not yet implemented but I thought sounded great, is to use the nylon to line the bottom of pots so that the water drains out but the dirt doesn’t. Another “huh”. By doing this, the article says it will keep small bugs from entering.
One final suggestion they had is to “slip [the nylon] over ripening fruit to protect it from nibbling pests.” Meredith wrapped it up nicely on her website at http://www.greatstems.com/2009/08/rock-a-bye-baby.html. Check out her photo for a fun laugh!
So I guess these tight, binding, uncomfortable stockings have a beneficial use after all! Let me know how this works for you!