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Mooresboro, NC

December 19, 2011
9:08 AM

Post #8935491

How long does it take for denim to decompose? I've made a couple of "grow pouches" out of the legs of an old pair of jeans...Just wondering about how long they will last with watering the plants inside?
West Palm Beach, FL
(Zone 10b)

December 23, 2011
9:11 PM

Post #8941169

ruby - could you post instructions on the 'grow pouches' ?

sounds interesting.
Pittsburgh, PA

March 19, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9048438

Yes, plese come back and post!!!
Mooresboro, NC

April 11, 2012
2:39 AM

Post #9077982

They are sooo simple! Cut the legs off a pair of bluejeans. Sew the bottom closed. Cut down the sides of each side seam & remove extra fabric in the middle. Tie "handle" together!
I'm sure you can look at the pic & get the general idea.
I put a trash bag liner in it first-fill it with soil & THEN cut my slits in it for plants!

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Pittsburgh, PA

April 11, 2012
6:19 AM

Post #9078124

oooooooo - I've saved every leg from every pair of cutoffs since 1970!
Had in mind a braided rug.
But I could spare a few for my beloved garden, too!

PLEASE show us a finished one!
Mooresboro, NC

April 30, 2012
3:19 PM

Post #9104374

Just planted these yesterday...can't wait for them to fill out! They may not be the prettiest things right now, but they are soooo much nicer to look at than those ol plastic grow bags.

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Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

November 9, 2012
12:39 AM

Post #9328514

How did these do through the growing season?
Mooresboro, NC

November 11, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9330288

Did great! I will definitely use "bushier" type plants next year.
Windcrest, TX
(Zone 8b)

November 23, 2014
5:30 AM

Post #9978965

I used old jeans as decomposing weed block for the "berms" that surrounded new perennial beds I put in last year. The leg of the jeans, opened out, was wide enough to cover the top of the berm, then I covered that with mulch. A little bermuda tried to grow through it, but not much. By the time the denim has decomposed (it's been almost two years, and there's still quite a bit of it left), the weeds have been defeated and a little mulch refurb is all that's needed.
Contra Costa County, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 4, 2014
7:22 PM

Post #9984717

100% cotton will decompose faster than the man made fabrics. I still find old socks (probably cotton-polyester) that the kids tossed into the garden! (and my youngest will be 25 in a couple of weeks).

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