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Save and Re-Use Your Plastic Garden Supply Bags as Soaking Containers

By Polymerous
August 12, 2014

The original empty plastic bag containers for garden supplies such as fertilizer, dirt, compost, or mulch can be saved and re-used as plant soaking containers.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 11, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Hey, don't forget the dog food bags. I have been buying dog food in medium, large and extra large plastic bags.
I swear the bags are bullet proof. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Carefully cut each bag opened and re-use the bags for gardening.
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Samigal
Aug 11, 2014 9:01 PM CST
Will be saving the dog food bags. I believe you when you swear they are bullet proof. I agree
I just threw some away too. Thanks for sharing.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 12, 2014 6:52 AM CST
One good thing about the dog food bags is that many have the 'zipper' closure. Thumbs up
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Polymerous
Aug 13, 2014 2:08 AM CST
It never even occurred to me to save our dog food bags!!!! Doh!

GREAT IDEA!!! Thumbs up

I would have to make sure to rinse them thoroughly, though... I don't want to attract any *more* rats. (The neighborhood is lousy with them; they nest in the oak trees, and have been raiding my tomatoes and peppers this summer. Glare )

Come to think of it, besides the kibble, I buy dental treats which come in a plastic bag which is big enough that it should nicely hold 2-3 daylilies... Whistling
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Oct 20, 2016 12:04 PM CST
I saved my garden plastic bags and used them when I screened pine bark mulch to get a gritty size suitable for opening up a potting mix so it holds more air and less water. The too-big pieces went into bags for mulch or re-chopping. The finest stuff was saved in bags for lightening raised bed (clay) soil when I dug it up every few years.

But now I use most of my saved bags for lining raised beds' walls to slow down evaporation. These pictures are from before I started doing that, and I had to water some of the beds daily.

(That is a downside of using concrete paving stones stood upright as bed walls. The thin concrete wicked water away which then evaporated on the outer surface of the pavers, leaving white salt deposits behind. The cracks between pavers also promoted drainage and evaporation.)

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(You can see how much the soil subsided in two years after I amended some clay with a lot of bark and compost and coir and only a little crushed stone. If I had lined those walls with plastic and then let the amended soil subside, you would have seen 6-8 inches of ugly plastic film flapping at the soil surface.)

(Sometimes it seems funny to create raised beds so water can drain OUT of clay soil, then line the walls with plastic so the raised, amended soil doesn't dry out between waterings! But I can't grow at-grade in clay, and some of my raised, amended beds used to dry out like a seedling in a tiny newspaper pot.)

In one case, I also lined the bottom of the bed because it sits on top of heather roots and Rhododendron roots. So far that seems to be working (crossed fingers).

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Oct 20, 2016 12:20 PM CST
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