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6 Ways to Use Twist Ties in the Garden or Allotment

Oct. 21, 2022

At this time of year, gardeners spend lots of time tending to plants and vegetables in their garden or allotment.


Not only is there a lot of watering, de-weeding, cutting and picking of vegetables to do, the most important thing is to make sure plants are growing well.


Twist ties are commonly used to for supporting plants, but there are lots of other ways to use them in the garden that you may not have thought of.


Here are some ideas we think are useful for the next time you're looking to tidy up your garden or allotment.


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1. For tying up tomato plants and other vegetables


Tomato plants are growing very quickly at this time of the season as we head into summer. In this phase, as the fruits develop on their trusses, they need to be well supported. The easiest way to do this is to stake them with a strong, sturdy cane (like bamboo), so they don't fall over when it gets windy.


You can then use biodegradable twist ties and wrap a couple round each plant's stem and the cane. Make sure you leave enough room for the plant to grow upwards by adding the ties just below the trusses.


Other vegetables that need a bit of extra support when growing - like peas, cucumbers, beans, and aubergines – would appreciate help from some twist ties.


2. To support climbing plants on trellises, fences and walls


Climbing plants such as some varieties of roses, clematis and honeysuckle need to be trained and supported when growing. Although some plants like clematis will send out tiny shoots which wrap around the nearest branch or vine, to train them and keep them looking tidy you can add a bit of extra support.


It's easy to do this with twist ties, whether you're growing a climber up a wall, fence, trellis or pergola. Plan out where you want the climber to grow: on a wall around a window, in a fan shape across a fence, up a pergola or elsewhere. Then make supports using some hook eyes, screws or a tension wire kit. Add biodegradable twist ties for plants that will create their own support over time (e.g. clematis), or standard twist ties for plants that will permanently need support (e.g. roses).


Don't forget to leave some slack in the twist tie to leave enough space for the plant to grow.


3. Attach covers to garden furniture


It's a good idea to cover up garden furniture when it's not being used to keep it in its best condition. This is especially true at the end of summer into autumn when the weather becomes more changeable.


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You can use twist ties to make sure covers on your garden furniture are more securely attached. From outdoor dining tables, to chairs and BBQs, adding twist ties will stop gusts of wind from getting underneath the covers and potentially uncovering furniture.


To add them, create a small hole in the corners of the cover and push through a twist tie, then secure it. Use a releasable twist tie to create a second loop which you can tie round the legs of your furniture and remove as you need to.


4. To make a colourful display of pots


An easy way to add a bit of colourful interest to a garden or allotment space is to hang up pots in different colours. You can either fill them with herbs or small flowers and hang them from a fence, trellis or hanging basket frame.


Recycle old plastic or metal pots and paint them in different colours. To hang them,drill holes in the pots and loop a twist tie through. You can even try stringing multicoloured twist ties together to make loops of any length.


5.To hang up tools in the shed


Anyone with a shed knows how easy it can be to lose important gardening tools, especially hand-held ones like secateurs, trowels and shears. Twist ties can help keep tools more organised so they're always quick to find.


A simple way to do this is to hammer in some nails, attach twist ties to your tools and hang them up. The smallest twist ties in our range have a minimum tensile strength of 8.1kg, so you don't have to worry about them breaking.


You can also use them to store BBQ utensils – either hang them to your BBQ or on a wall nearby so they're always in reach.


6.To temporarily fix a broken strimmer


It can be frustrating when your strimmer's wire breaks off in the middle of cutting the grass and you have no replacement wire. A quick way to fix and finish the job of trimming the lawn is to use a twist tie instead.


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