waste paper sacks

Started by: PeterP (8432)

Now that most of us have been supplied with a blue bin,What do we do with the redundant hessian sacks Will they be recycled or end up in landfillAnyone know santas address he might need them for christmas?

Started: 21st Nov 2011 at 19:24

Posted by: veg grower (inactive)

You could fill them with compost and grow potatoes or cut holes in the sides and grow strawberries.

Replied: 22nd Nov 2011 at 08:56

Posted by: momac (11475) 

Good idea veg grower.

Replied: 22nd Nov 2011 at 18:54

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

I got one of those potato growing bags along with some seed potatoes and planted them in a John Innes mix from Homebase, there was plenty top growth but when I dug out the potatoes they were all small murps and not worth bothering with. What soil do you put in veg grower and townofmemories, the stuff they now sell as peat is strange, it's full of what looks like coconut fibre and it makes your hands itch after handling it.

Replied: 27th Nov 2011 at 17:32

Posted by: veg grower (inactive)

ayrefield - one of the drawbacks of growing potatoes in sacks is that you never get as many as when you grow in the ground - this is often due to watering - a few of mine didn't have enough water this year. Did you grow new potatoes (often called earlies - these grow quickest)? Someone gave me a great tip this year - instead of emptying the growbag out when the potatoes have flowered - stick your hand in and have a feel - if they are the size you want then take a few but leave the plant and bag as they are - apparently you can do this several times and you get more of a crop - I don't think the compost matters but they need a feed or rotted muck in the bottom.

ps - I never buy peat-based compost now - as we need the peat bogs for the environment. The coconut fibre, I find, is in most forms of compost now - especially organic ones - I also come across a lot of conker shells.

Replied: 27th Nov 2011 at 17:59
Last edited by veg grower: 27th Nov 2011 at 18:02:21

Posted by: Mac (inactive)

Mine needs emptying.
I can grow spuds in em.

Replied: 27th Nov 2011 at 21:22

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

I didn't put any manure in, so that's probably why they were like murps. Miss the old horse and carts for manure, no wonder those who live next to Haydock Park can grow giant marrows.

Replied: 27th Nov 2011 at 22:45

Posted by: PeterP (8432)

gro-bags millions sold every year,millions end up in landfillWheres the recycle brigade

Replied: 29th Nov 2011 at 19:45

Posted by: veg grower (inactive)

When I have done wi mine - I empty the contents on the beds and then use the bags for leafmould or growing veg in the following year - I use mine upright, then I can continually re-use 'em.

Replied: 29th Nov 2011 at 20:03

Posted by: baker boy (15541)

tom been a strange year for my a james grieve and worcester permain trees the early ripeners james grieve? came later than the worcesters and the latter did nowt in comparison to last year.still the best tasting apples are mine. supermarket apples are rubbish. french golden delicious no taste and others. pink lady top class humbug.

Replied: 29th Nov 2011 at 20:36

Posted by: PeterP (8432)

Tom on about the bags not the contents

Replied: 1st Dec 2011 at 10:51

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Thanks, townofmemories I'll give them a go, the last lot of growbags I got from Homebase had the same strange mixture of compost in them, wonder if it is the composted remains of those green bins.

Replied: 1st Dec 2011 at 12:43

Posted by: bentlegs (4612)

If you like small carrots, fill a bucket with sand & sprinkle the carrot seeds on, keep a check on the size & if big enough take some out to cook but sprinke more seeds for more carrots,All they need is watering,

Replied: 4th Dec 2011 at 21:50

Posted by: truckerdave (2337) 

We live at the end of Woodhouse Lane, before standish lower ground, all we have is the original black bin, I aint complaining, as anything that is plastic, wood or cardboard I burn on the multi fuel burner so the recycling bin would be redundant

Replied: 11th Dec 2011 at 10:32


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