Christ­mas hang­over?

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Jenny Blair asks if I have any ideas how a col­lec­tion of bot­tle corks (some of them plas­tic) can be “re­cy­cled” in the gar­den. She was at pains to ex­plain, in her email, that they were not all ac­cu­mu­lated from the Christ­mas/New Year we have just had, but have grad­u­ally been build­ing up over the years. Two uses come to mind: I have seen them used as not-unattrac­tive mois­ture-re­tain­ing mulch on the top of a large flower pot. I sup­pose you could also use them at the bot­tom of big pots as a drainage layer, where once “crocks” were de rigueur.

Jenny asks, fur­ther­more, if there is any rea­son why she should not grow herbs in an old wooden wine box? None that I can see, al­though the con­struc­tion of tra­di­tional wine boxes is rather prim­i­tive (they are sim­ply nailed to­gether), and they are made of very-low-grade thin wood, so even if they are treated with a plant friendly preser­va­tive (Eco Wood Treat­ment from Har­rod Hor­ti­cul­tural – har­rod­hor­ti­cul­tural. com), have their nails re­placed with brass screws, drainage holes made and a cou­ple of struts put on their base to strengthen them and pro­vide “feet”, they wouldn’t last more than a year or so. A nice idea though – one I might try my­self.

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