Gardening with Burlap

gardenIf you are a fan of a natural looking garden, take a look at burlap for inspiration to recreate your surroundings outdoors. When you purchase plants, trees and shrubs from stores, their root balls are protected with burlap for a very good reason. The burlap will biodegrade over time so you don’t need to remove it when planting; roots will grow right through it, worms will devour it along with other nutrients in the ground, and eventually it will disappear.

You can use larger burlap bags under a layer of dirt and mulch in flower beds to deter weeds and protect newly planted seeds or seedlings. You can line the inside of stone, brick, and wood retaining walls to deter weeds from creeping through and the dirt from staining your landscape designs. Cover compost materials with burlap to encourage faster decomposition of food scraps and leaf piles and create richer soil. Burlap is lightweight, keeps your garden looking clean, and allows versatility to relocate your plants if you want to change it up a little.

Used burlap bags can be found in markets that sell vegetables, fruits, and coffee as well as agriculture distribution outlets and both are more than willing to give them away for reuse. Smaller bags can be used like pots to fill with soil and plants or seedlings intended for a patio or boutique style garden. They can be nurtured and then moved to a more permanent home. The burlap allows drainage and aeration to prevent roots from rotting while still maintaining a level of moisture. Put a small drain pan underneath and you can bring them indoors during extreme heat or bad weather.

Some people use them for smaller gardening endeavors like hanging a bag of strawberries or tomatoes above ground and away from ants while providing a view of cascading berries by leaving holes for branches to escape here and there.  Potatoes grow well in bags on the ground making them easier to find when ready to harvest. Attaching bags to wire fencing can create a vertical garden when stacked on top of each other if you need to save space. The bags may only last a year, but if you are planting annually, or moving plants to a permanent location once they grow, no problem.

Vegetables that do well in burlap bags include peas, cucumbers, lettuce, and peppers. Fruits that work best are the kind that produces berries. Herb gardens work especially well and fresh herbs like thyme, cilantro, parsley, or rosemary make your favorite dishes in the kitchen taste amazing. Not only are your plants on display and within reach, but the bags themselves have interesting stamped labels and rustic decorative appeal.garden1

If you are the creative type and enjoy gardening, burlap is worth a try and lends a soft, natural touch to your environment. Going green in the garden just makes sense and there are few products out there noted for being inexpensive, harmless to nature, and aesthetically pleasing all in one.


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This entry was posted on Monday, June 20th, 2016 at 11:08 am and is filed under Burlap, gardening, Go Green, Nursery Supplies, Sandbags.

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