Uses for Mesh Bags: All purpose mesh

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Uses for Mesh Bags

By SongofJoy
December 27, 2011

Reuse mesh produce bags to store bulbs and tubers. A small plastic nursery pot placed in the bottom of the bag helps keep the mesh extended and makes it easier to insert and remove tubers. The mesh bags are also good for scrubbing birdbaths, garden tools, and other implements without scratching and can be used for stuffing with nesting materials to hang outside for the birds in spring.

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flaflwrgrl
Dec 26, 2011 6:28 PM CST
Wow! Talk about multi, multi purpose! Thumbs up
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valleylynn
Dec 26, 2011 6:38 PM CST
Double wow!
Talk about multipurpose. I have been using them for saving the plastic grocery bags, but now I will have even more things I can use them for.
Thanks Tee. Thumbs up

I was also thinking about trying to use them for planting succulents in. Stuff it with moss and plant through the mess and hang it up.
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sandnsea2
Dec 26, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Great repurposing, Tee! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Dec 26, 2011 7:46 PM CST

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Great "detailed" tip Tee. I stopped using these bags years ago because new sprouts would sometimes grow through the mesh and get broken off. By putting in a pot you solved the problem and get all the advantages of the mesh bags without any other downside that I can see. Thanks!
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Aguane
Dec 26, 2011 8:02 PM CST
Like this material!
I wonder if it could be used to protect a ripening peach or tomato? I have a ton of issues with birds going after peaches and tomatoes. Last tomato season I pulled a foot of a stocking over a ripening tomato as a test against attack of birds. The tomato grew but was confined and didn't mature. Maybe the mesh would protect AND allow the fruit to develop Sticking tongue out
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 26, 2011 9:18 PM CST
You never know until you try.
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valleylynn
Dec 26, 2011 9:54 PM CST
The black bird netting works great for that Susie. Pollinating can still go one, sun reach the plants. Win win situation. Thumbs up
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ge1836
Dec 27, 2011 4:25 AM CST
Great tip Songs. I knew I shouldnt toss those bags.
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SongofJoy
Dec 27, 2011 5:14 AM CST
Trying to get things out of the bags after they'd sprouted used to drive me nuts too. Grumbling

I'd be interested to know if they work to cover ripening fruit (hope so). And the idea for planting succulents in them sounds like a winner. I don't see why not. Now why didn't I think of that?? Now that I have to bring all my tender succulents inside and put them somewhere over the winter, being able to hang some of them would help a lot. I could have even more of them that way. Whistling Hilarious!
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valleylynn
Dec 27, 2011 11:12 AM CST
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I was thinking about putting something in the bag, that would go down both sides and the bottom, to help the bag keep it's shape. Maybe 3 inches wide, made of metal or hard plastic? Or maybe even hardware cloth?
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Aguane
Dec 27, 2011 11:26 AM CST
I wonder if the carriers you get at the nursery would work?? The 4 inch pot holders/trays that hold a dozen pots or the plain tray with no division that's about 16x16.... maybe cut down and reinforced.

*edit: whoopsie. I see Tee already sorta touched on that idea.
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SongofJoy
Dec 27, 2011 11:45 AM CST
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I think hardware cloth might work, Lynn. Could styrofoam work for that in any way?
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valleylynn
Dec 27, 2011 12:28 PM CST
Wow, two great ideas. Thanks Tee and Susie. Both of those ideas should work.
I actually have some rockwool that holds shape like styrofoam does, plus plants will grow in it. Hurray!
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SongofJoy
Dec 27, 2011 1:39 PM CST
Even better. Thumbs up
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Leftwood
Jan 2, 2012 8:01 PM CST
can be used for stuffing with nesting materials to hang outside for the birds come Spring.

I must be misunderstanding, since no one has said anything about this yet.
I take this to mean putting out the mesh bags (or parts thereof) so birds can use them as nesting materials. This would be megga dangerous, with animals easily getting caught up and tangled in the mesh webbing.

So, what do you mean?

Rick



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flaflwrgrl
Jan 2, 2012 9:39 PM CST
They mean stuffing the mesh bags with hair & string & other nesting material so the birds can pull the material out through the holes in the mesh bags.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jan 3, 2012 3:28 AM CST
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Aguane
Jan 8, 2012 9:59 PM CST
I was at Target today in the birdie section. You know, feeders and seed. They have tubular mesh seed dispensers that essentially looked like the mesh bags filled with finch seed. About $30 including the dispenser and the seed. Dispense is about 12 inches tall.
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