We've Got It in the Bag (the Feed Bag, That Is)

| 1/23/2017 12:29:00 PM

Tags: gardening techniques, garden planting, waste management, recycling, row planting, Susan Tipton Fox, North Carolina,

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We supplement feed to our chickens, pigs and goats...so, that means bags and more bags. We do not want those to go to landfill so we try to utilize them in some way.

We have a mixture of gardening methods. We use some traditional rows, raised beds, greenhouse, small poly tunnels and no dig methods (including HugelKultur). Because of the effects of climate change we have to be as diversified in our gardening plans as in our crop choices.

Don't Buy Plastic — Use Feed Bags

When growing melons, cucumbers and squash we like to put those on some type of weed barrier. Black plastic is expensive and also tends to be very drying to the soil. We can cut the feed bags open (we turn the printed side down) and lay down in rows. We cover with soil or rocks to hold the feed bags in place. Sometimes we hill the rows before laying the bags down. After completing a row, we go through and make "slits" in the feed bags and plant. Space plants depending on what you're planting.

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Make Your Own 'Grow Bags'

Space is limited for some gardeners. The solution to that problem is container gardening. There is a product out called "grow bags".  Why not make your own? These feed bags are great for growing potatoes in.

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