I won’t be donning hose and heels to work in the garden anytime soon (though I’m sure that would be entertaining for everyone but me). But I do want to talk about how to use pantyhose in the garden.
Remember the pantyhose I found in my seed storage bucket recently? My aunt gave me those about 4 years ago. I’m not sure what thrifty resource I go the idea from (possibly the The Complete Tightwad Gazette?), but at some point I heard about cutting them into strips to make something resembling a soft, stretchy rubber band, which I then thought would make a perfect soft, stretchy tie for delicate young plants in the garden.
So I thought I might as well go ahead and get some strips ready to use in this year’s garden. If I don’t get it ready now, I’ll forget I have it or I will think I don’t have enough time to mess with it later and another year will go by without using it. I am trying really hard to consciously use things I have, and if I’m not using them, then learning how to send them on their way to another good home. (The pressure is really on with my stash of fabric in my sewing room. With having 2 kids in 2 years, a lot of my sewing was put on hold, yet my stash of fabric somehow kept growing. But that’s something for another post.)
Back to the pantyhose.
Its really quick and easy to get these ready to use as ties in the garden. You cut off the toe, then cut approximately 1 inch strips all the way up the leg.
After you cut each piece, stretch it out, and the ends curl up and it will look and act a lot like a rubber band. You can leave them like a rubber band, or you can cut them to make them into long strips that are easier for tying. It depends on how you are going to use them. I am going to cut most of mine into strips. I went for the black pair first, of course, so it would coordinate with my black pots. Although maybe I should use nude, so you can’t tell they’re even there!
It took me less than 10 minutes to do 3 pairs of hose from start to finish, and I stopped to take pictures along the way.
I’m not sure how they will hold up- if I will be able to get more than 1 season’s use out of them. I hope so, because the twist ties definitely don’t hold up to more than 1 season’s use, which is what I have been using in the past. When I stake my plants this spring, I will take pictures to show how I use them (as long as I can find my precut stash of them in a few months!)
P.S. Don’t forget that these shouldn’t go into your compost pile in the fall.