Return to the Container Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Has anyone tried to grow in feed sacks?

Posted by tlowery04 6b/7a (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 28, 11 at 5:45

I've seen some woven plastic bags for sale to grow in, but i was wondering if anyone had used old livestock feed sacks (the woven mesh not the paper) I would be interested in finding out if i should leave the ground side open or sewn shut and pop holes in for drainage.

I would be growing potatoes so i would need to figure out what type of soil to use that won't dry out but won't cause rot ( i am assuming the bags will dry faster)

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Has anyone tried to grow in feed sacks?

As an 'expert' in feed sacks of this type, I wouldn't even try. They are designed to break down when exposed to sunlight and I don't see any way they could be used as decent planters. :( They leave a LOT of tiny plastic flakes when they break down, too.

Good luck!

RE: Has anyone tried to grow in feed sacks?

I am growing potatoes in a dog feed bag to experiment. I have 5 different containers and it is the only one growing so far. Do a search on Potato Towers and you will see many extensive sites with trial and errors.

RE: Has anyone tried to grow in feed sacks?

My first trial of potatoes in bags, sacks etc ....the ones in a sack such as u mention have only sprouted this week will keep you posted if u like. i've placed the sack in a cardboard box and yes - i did punch in some drainage holes.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Container Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here