Aluminum disposable pie plates are recycled all the time to use as trays for left overs. But they are also very useful in the garden, as well.
I love to find neat garden uses for common household items. There are so many things that we throw away that can be put to good use around the home.
Keep reading to find out how you can put this common item into use outdoors in your backyard garden.
Don’t Throw those Disposable Pie Plates away!
These plates can be re-purposed for many garden uses. Check out these ideas:
Use pie plates to scare the critters
Scare the pests away with them, at least for a while. They make an annoying sound when they move around in the breeze.
When sunlight hits them, they also flash light around which can scare critters. Just tie them with string to branches, trellises or garden fences.
They will scare away birds from your corn and squirrels from all the vegetables.
Trapping snails in small pie plates
Snails can do a lot of damage to hosta plants. Use these trays as a way to repel them.
Fill the pie trays with beer to trap snails and slugs that love to eat hostas and some vegetables.
Cut holes in the center and place them right around the base of a plant. This thwarts some pests and also serves as a way to reflect heat up to the plant in the cooler months.
Water for the birds
Are the birds eating your fruits and veggies? Most of the time they want water, not food.
Place the trays around the garden with water in them to give the birds what they are really looking for.
Repel ants with pie plates and cinnamon
Put cinnamon in them to deter ants and keep them from eating blooms of your favorite plants. Ants hate cinnamon and will not cross over it.
Use them to keep away the squirrels
Use the trays as natural squirrel repellents by adding crushed red pepper flakes. Squirrels hate this smell and will avoid your vegetables.
Pie plates make great plant saucers and bird feeders
The trays make great make shift saucers for house plants.
They can also be used to make a bird feeder.
Can you think of other ways to use disposable aluminum pie plates in your garden? Please leave your comments below.