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Hi. I watched your video and your Instructables lesson as well as reading this article. Sounds like a great idea! Is there any other fabric you think might work? Landscape fabric is fairly expensive around here, and I don't have any lying around. I was thinking maybe cotton/poly sheets?
DesertRattess, I'd go with a man-made fabric like the poly-blend that would last longer than a natural fiber like cotton. Some feed sacks (like some dog food) have a plastic-like coating over woven threads that others have used with success, and you wouldn't have to do any sewing. You might check at your local farmer's grain & supply places for empty sacks, or refer you to someone who might.
Thanks for posting your comment, as I'm sure others may have the same issue.
Have a great gardening season,
No, you do not have to cut the hole in the bottom of the bag! The video demonstrated the first prototype of Tater Totes, but I found out later that the plants did just as well in a closed bottomed Tote. Just put a little soil in the bottom of the bags, then your seed potatoes, and cover them with a little more soil and manure. You can apply the mulch as the sprouts grow. The smaller plant roots will grow through the fabric and into the ground to help steady the Tote and gather additional nutrients.
Having a hole in the bottom of the bag won't hurt anything, but isn't necessary. I'm sorry to have confused a few folks with conflicting design info between the article and the video. I hope I've cleared it up for you. Please let me know if I didn't!
Your info is fine and much appreciated! Since my feed bags are not nearly as porous as landscape cloth, I think I would cut a hole in the bottom anyway to be sure the plants don't get waterlogged. Thanks for the great idea! I'm definitely doing it this year.