Denim in the garden...

rubyredcornbread(7)December 19, 2011

How long does it take for denim to decompose? I've made a couple of "grow pouches" out of the legs of an old pair of jeans...Just wondering about how long they will last with all the watering of the plants inside?

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lindasewandsew(So Cal 9)

You may want to ask this question over on the Garden Junk forum. Several people over there have used denim for planting. Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: Garden Junk forum

    Bookmark   December 19, 2011 at 2:01PM
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rubyredcornbread, long ago and far away I was a bachelor, living on my own and working at a job that was intensely 'field oriented'. Consequently it was tough on clothes and footwear....and ME!.
The upside was thar I had a 2-Hr lunch break. Very often I came home covered in soot and/or mud; I'd hit the shower fully clothed and by the time I was ready to go back to work, my working clothes were dry and ready to wear. This would happen daily unless it rained. Dryers were not in my past.
The shirts were 'terylene' and the jeans were denim "Wrangler". I went through a shirt in about a month but a "Wrangler" would last a full year at least. It would rip at the knees; I'd then make short pants out of them and later pass them on to my younger brother.
My experience of denim is that it is indestructible!
Check out the link.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2011 at 12:00PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

They will not last one season

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 2:39AM
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100% cotton will rot almost as fast as any other compost in a planting situation where it's kept moist and exposed to organic soil. I wouldn't want synthetic fibers in my garden dirt, so...the answer is denim will last one season or less.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2011 at 8:11AM
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Ohiofem(6a Ohio)

I believe the material in smart pots is polypropylene, a very tough synthetic fiber that is inert like plastic but breathes like fabric. It doesn't interact with your soil mix or the chemicals you add to it. Denim may leach dyes as well as breaking down more rapidly. I have used smart pots for three seasons for growing vegetables and plan to use them again this year. They are actually more durable than the plastic tubs used in self watering containers, which crack after a season or two.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2011 at 11:08AM
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