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Recycle - Grow Vegetables in Plastic Bags

When it comes to recycling, we all want to find as many ways as possible to recycle plastic bags, as these items are the ones that cause the most pollution both on land and in our oceans.

27/03/2020

As someone dedicated to starting a survivalist garden and growing my own produce, I was very interested to stumble across a video where plastic bags are used in the vegetable garden to grow lettuce. Having watched the video, which I am sharing below, you can quite easily grow other crops such as spinach, Swiss chard, cabbage and cauliflower in the same way, and also make good use of plastic shopping bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The process begins with sewing the lettuce (or other) seeds into a large container until they germinate - a period of approximately 8 to 10 days.  

Once the seeds have started to shoot, plastic bags are filled with a rich soil or seedling mix and these are placed outdoors on a bench top where they will stay until reaching maturity. A single hole is cut into the base of each plastic bagged container.

The seedlings are separated and a single plant placed inside each bag of soil. The bags are watered on a regular basis and checked for pests or disease.

 

 

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After a period of 22 days, the seedling have formed healthy young lettuce plants. 

After 35 days, you can see a healthy crop of fresh lettuce plants. 

The recycled plastic bags make wonderful containers for growing vegetables and it's another way of recycling these with a purpose. 

The bagged vegetables make it easy to check each plant for slugs and snails and remove any damaged leaves. 

Now that you have seen how easy it is, start using your plastic shopping bags in the vegetable garden.  

 

 

 

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