Burlap bags

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Very affordable locally - excellent clean coffee sacks,large, heavy duty, etc. Question is, what can they be used for besides stuffing with wood shavings for animal beds? Surely, someone has a great idea, yes?

-- A. Hambley (a.hambley@usa.net), July 23, 1999


They're good for too many things to list them all. Sand bags for temporary walls. Storage for potatoes. I've have, on ocassion, used them for traction when stuck in snow. Great "cooler" for drinks -tie you can drinks up in them and drop them in the river of lake. This works best if you remember to tie a rope to the sack.

They're standard gear for stowing hunting or camping gear. Mama Bear says she's had to make her clothes out of them for years - but I think she exaggerstes. They can be used pretty effectively as a disiplinary aid for small children, as in "if you don't be quiet, I'm gonna tie you up in this sack".


-- Got Duct Tape?

-- Greybear (greybear@home.com), July 23, 1999.

If you have water but no power/air conditioning, hang them wet over open windows. Be surprised at the cooling effect. Do the same over your rabbit hutches in the summer to keep them cool. We did this in 1942 in S. California. They hold lots of water for evaporation. When I was a kid, we had a rabbitry of about 100 double hutches. They were housed in a lath house, in the summer this was covered with burlap and a sprinkler put on the roof to keep the burlap wet.

Taz...who does enjoy her aircondtioning....sigh...

-- Taz (Tassie@aol.com), July 23, 1999.

you can also wrap a couple of layers of wet burlap around any jug of water and it will cool the water for drinking. Same way the old canteens used to work. And remember the canvas water bags hanging off the front bumper. The wind of the cars movement kept that water ice cold.

Taz....who as a little one made the trek from NY to California on old Route 66 in June of 1942. Complete with canvas water bags hanging off the bumper and crossing the deserts only at night.

-- Taz (Tassie@aol.com), July 23, 1999.

making compost tea. Place compost (finished) in burlap bag- place bag into large pail of water- let sit in sun and soak- remove bag of compost- voila! compost tea for the plants- yum. (they tell me).

also- burlap makes a good material to put in a smoker for working bees......

also- is good for storing compost/potting mix for starting seedlings. Can store animal feed in them as well. Can also use them for mulching areas you want weed free.

-- farmer (hillsidefarm@drbs.com), July 27, 1999.

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