I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this situation. Spring time got me excited to grow things so I sowed some seeds. After two weeks, when the seedlings were ready, I transplanted them to the ground. Then in a matter of a few days, I discovered them sadly eaten by critters. Nothing remained except a small portion of the stem. At this moment I knew I had to do something to protect them.

I started thinking how can I protect young seedlings from getting eaten? If you’re like me, I stay away from insecticides. Instead of buying new products online, I looked around if I can recycle what I already have and use it as protective covers. Here are some ideas I came up with……

1. Reuse plastic pots from the nursery – I cut off the bottoms of plastic containers and placed them over the seedling. To anchor it to the ground, I made 2 holes and used metal pins.

how to protect seedlings

2. Reuse plastic water bottles – I cut off the bottom part, and removed the cap and place them over the seedling. Then I poked extra holes around the bottle so the plant can get air. The holes will be tiny enough to let any critter inside. Of course, you can anchor these plastic bottles to the ground with metal pins, the same way as mentioned above.

3. Use wire mesh trash bin from the dollar store – I found this wire mesh trash cans below from the dollar store that works perfectly to cover the seedlings. Because of the holes, the seedlings can still access light, air, and water. And by the time the seedling outgrows this, you can cut the bottom to let the plant grow taller.

how to protect seedlings

4. Spread diatomaceous earth around the seedling to kill bugs that devastate crops. If you don’t like to use insecticides at all, this is an organic alternative. Diatomaceous earth comes from natural siliceous sedimentary rock that is crumbled into powder form.

protect young seedlings

All of these ideas are cheap and easy to use. The best part is, it still allows plants to have access to water, air and sunlight. Once the plants grow taller, you can remove or keep them without harming the plant.

I hope you try these ideas to protect seedlings that you planted. Let me know what happens. Happy spring!