The following is a technique relating to Wintersowing.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Wintersowing is a method of starting seeds for your garden.
You simply sow your seed in easily prepared, "found", recycled containers and set them out in the yard in the dead of winter.
This post deals with the issue of keeping your containers securly closed so you can move them around and water them.
This post assumes you are familier with the concept and know how to initially prepare the milk jugs.
What I will focus on here is a specific trick I came up with to secure them.
Step 1: Materials-Part 1
-Yarn or string (I prefer yarn as it is stretchy)
Cut a length of yarn sufficient to wrap fully around the milk jug.
Make a large loop (roughly 6") in one end.
Divide this looped section in half and tie another knot making a figure "8"
Step 2: Materials-Part 2
-Some slats from a vinyl miniblind
Cut up the slats into about 2.5" lengths.
Cut some of these pieces in half.
Step 3: Assembling the "Clips"
Step 4: Using the "Clip"
Slip the top half of the jug onto the clip capturing it also.
The jug is now fairly well secured but still is likely to come apart if lifted when filled.
Step 5: Tying Things Up
Run the yarn under the jug, using the molded in seam as a guide, and secure things with a simple slip knot.
You now have a fully secured mini greenhouse. You can easily lift it to move or plunge into a basin for bottom watering with no fear of it coming open.
And unlike duct tape you can easily pull the slip knot to open it and reseal it if need be.
Another adavntage is, since the integrity of the jug is maintained, it is easier to save your jugs from year to year.
Simply string them together like a garlic braid.