I finally found a use for my beloved burlap coffee bags. We planted in them! I love these things; the designs on these bags has always intrigued me and I was lucky enough while living in Colorado, to obtain several of these babies for free from a local coffee roaster. I actually tried my hand at some crafts using the jute material, but on my first try, I put them in the washer to soften the material and practically ruined my washing machine. So, I packed them up and brought them when we moved to NJ, sure I’d find a way to use them.
They finally came in handy when we ran out of space in the new vegetable garden this year. Burlap is a great way to plant and jute is a renewable, natural resource. It also is perfect for planting because the woven fibers are great for air and water flow. And despite the “holes”, it is surprisingly a good way to retain moisture, too. So far, we have some beautiful seed potatoes and a hearty artichoke growing and they look happy in their new home. And talk about easy! All you need is a burlap bag, some dirt and your favorite plant. This is a good way to garden in tight spaces or if you don’t have a yard. You can easily find a spot on a sunny balcony or patio. Just make sure you put down some sort of barrier if putting on concrete or a hard surface.