The three best garden supplies to keep handy are:

  1. Toilet paper roll cores
  2. Clear 2-liter soda bottles
  3. Weed barrier
Toilet paper rolls are a requirement to grow healthy plants

You know I have some favorite garden supplies that aren’t garden supplies at all.  We’ve gone over the uses for my favorite “el cheapo” item, the toilet paper roll core, but I have a second favorite, too. . . clear 2-liter soda bottles! 

Start saving them now and ask your family and friends to save theirs for you.  You will need a bundle of them if you have a green house. I fill them with water and line them up around the green house because they help keep the place warm!  And so cheap!

Plastic milk bottles are great for protecting your new starts

Another reason to save these bottles is for protection.  Just cut off the pour spout down to where it has a decent-sized opening, turn over, and place over the top of your newly-planted seedling.  Your plant will now be protected from those pesky snails that love eating young, tender seedlings.  They will also protect new seedlings from the cold or a late snow storm.  You can’t find cheaper or better protection than that.

Because I have a very large garden that I irrigate, I like to use a heavy weed barrier between rows as a walkway.  Many nurseries or greenhouses use it for their customers to walk on.  I don’t use it to cut holes for planting, but BETWEEN rows as a walkway. 

A professional grade week barrier is necessary to control weeds

To prevent the wind from blowing your barrier, you should hold it down using stapes designed for this purpose – Jobe’s 3.5 in. Weed Barrier Landscape Fabric Garden Staples (75-Pack) available at Home Depot and probably Lowes.  Buy the 75-pack since it is much more cost-effective than the 25-pack, and you will need more than you think.  The heavy weed barrier can be used over and over for many years, and it doesn’t tear like plastic. 

My experience with cutting holes for plants in the barrier has not been favorable.  I don’t like to use it that way, and I don’t recommend it.

So there you have it – a list of my top three “garden” favorites.  Bet they will become some of your favorites, too.