Landscaping projects can be a task, but RisingHippo Jute products can help you to get your yard in top shape. Even if you live in an apartment or condo, our burlap sack gardening can help you grow your own fresh produce and herbs.
Jute Webbing, a flexible and durable fabric, has applications in growing trees and providing them adequate support. A common landscaping technique is tree staking, this process involves creating a support system of stakes connected to the tree by pieces of Jute Webbing. Tree staking will give support from the elements to growing or fragile trees and shrubs, especially in higher wind conditions.
HOW TO STAKE A TREE
- Find 3 stakes of appropriate size for the tree or shrub.
- Insert the stakes into the ground in a triangular formation, with the tree in the centre. There should be a good distance from the tree, to avoid hitting the roots.
- Pound the stakes in using a hammer. Make sure they are deep enough to remain secure in high winds.
- Take one piece of Jute Webbing and create a loop, with the tree at one end and the stake at the other. Use a staple gun to fasten the ends of the Jute to the stake. Cut any excess Jute off.
- Repeat step 4 for the remaining stakes.
- Let your tree grow! When the tree is well established you may remove the stakes and let the tree continue growing on its own.
BURLAP SACK GARDENING
One of our favourite uses for burlap bags is container gardening! The bags are a great alternative to traditional planters and produce gardens, and the burlap bags will give your patio or yard a rustic charm.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES TO GROWING PRODUCE IN BURLAP BAGS?
- Space-saving and affordable!
- Many gardeners find it allows them to grow more in a smaller amount of space in comparison to traditional containers.
- Instead of hilling, you can simply add soil as the plant grows to increase yield from the depth.
- Biodegradable and can easily be tossed into yard waste when you’re done with it.
- Allows you to grow produce in less garden-friendly places, such as on an apartment terrace, in a paved backyard, on a patio, and so on.
HOW TO PLANT
There are a couple of ways you can choose to plant your produce in a burlap bag. Most simply is our first method:
- Fold the bag so that you create a double layer of burlap along the outside of the bag. This will re-enforce the sides.
- Stand the bag upright with the bottom seam on the ground.
- Add soil or potting mix to the bag.
4. Fix the seams of the bag and tuck the edges underneath the bag to tidy up the appearance.
5. Plant your seeds or seedlings!
Tip: If you are growing young tomato plants or potatoes try to avoid using too much soil in the first planting. Once the trunk of the plants has grown add more layers of soil to create a deep planting. For potatoes doing this regularly will increase yield!
The second method is occasionally favoured if one wants to grow a large number of plants in the smaller space. This method may be slightly messier as it will require holes be cut in the sides of the burlap bag, and it will prevent movement of the bag once the soil has been added. However, this method does make more efficient use of space. Our personal recommendation is to use the first method when beginning to grow produce in burlap bags, and try this more complex method once you have some gardening experience!
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 from the previous method.
- Take a small plastic container, it can even be an old can. Cut off the top and bottom of this container so that it forms a cylinder. Place this in the bottom centre of the bag.
- Fill the container with gravel.
- Add soil to the bag around the container until it reaches the level of the top of the container.
- Slowly pull the cylinder up until the bottom is near the top of the soil.
- Fill the cylinder with gravel again. Then add soil to the bag again until it reaches the lip of the container.
- Repeat this action, adding gravel and soil until the bag is almost full, leaving about 2 inches of space at the top.
- Cut small holes in the sides of the burlap bag, with several inches between them. These holes should not be too large, just big enough to fit the seedlings.
- Dig into the holes and plant the seedlings. Plant seedlings at the top of the bag as well to take advantage of all growing space.
- Water regularly through the gravel channel.
The options are endless for what to plant! Some awesome produce you could try out includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, herbs, onions, carrots, and more.
Try it out for yourself, and be sure to let us know how your burlap garden turns out. Leave a comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.