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Turn Shopping Bags Into Planting Bags

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Another useful way to recycle and reuse those plastic grocery bags is by making seedling starter pots. This is a guide about turn shopping bags into planting bags.


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January 31, 2008

Take plastic shopping bags (if they are too lightweight, they will not hold the seal). Cut off the handles and the bottom seam. Flatten the bag out completely. Fold the outside to the inside, you need to double the bag.

Divide bag in equal thirds. Now is when the Food Saver comes in, seal from top to bottom. While sealing, gently pull on the bag and it will separate, you should have a good seal.

Taking 1 of these small tubes, fold sides into the middle that will be the bottom, then seal. Be sure to cut a small slit anywhere across the bottom for drainage.

I use these for starting seeds, transplanting seedlings, cuttings, and even established plants.

By Babbie from Lemon Grove CA


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January 31, 20080 found this helpful

great photos, thank you for the clear photos. Very money-saving tip!

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February 2, 20080 found this helpful

These would work well for giving plants away. I'm always short on pots, and nothing needs to be returned. Great idea. Thanks.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 6, 20080 found this helpful

This is an awesome tip! I start lots of plants from seeds and cuttings to share with family and friends. This is a great use for all those plastic bags. AND it gives me another reason to love my Food Saver.
Thank you !

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January 27, 20170 found this helpful

This is a wonderful idea but now what are we going to do now that plastic bags are outlawed in California......

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