Paper or Plastic?
While I almost always ask for paper, plastic does have its uses.
For items such as chicken and other products that may leak or
contaminate other products, plastic is superior. But paper is my
favorite for several reasons.
We use paper bags for a good deal more than carting the groceries home.
When we’ve unloaded the bags, we use them as trash bags, kids’
costumes, book covers, coloring books and many garden uses. Though a
fully reusable cloth or canvas bag would be the most environmentally
preferred choice, paper is a close second.
But there’s one wonderful use for those white plastic grocery bags
that I’ve just discovered: I use them as an Air Farm greenhouse top!
When germinating plants and for the early growth, a typical plastic
grocery bag fits perfectly over the top of an Air Farm. I tried it
recently to germinate some gladiolis bulbs in our new Ultimate Air Farm.
I wanted to be able to keep the moisture on the bulbs without having to
water them over and over.
So I slipped a white plastic bag over the top of the Air Farm and slid
it down most of the way. The translucent bag transmitted enough light
through to the emerging plants and allowed moisture to condense and keep
the air around the plants moist as well as keep evaporative drying to a
minimum. Within 24 hours, every bulb had sprouted and sent out a dozen
and a half root sprouts each. The longest was well over an inch long!
There was no need to cinch the bag closed, as it fit nicely over the
A few words of warning: The bag will collect moisture and it will
condense. Once enough has condensed, it will begin to drip. Some of this
will drip all of the way down the outside of the Air Farm and make it to
the floor. I have put the Air Farm in a closed bottom agricultural flat
to collect the water and keep my air pump away from this setup in a safe
Also, your bag will likely have the following warning printed on it,
so please be careful!
WARNING! To avoid danger of suffocation, keep this plastic bag away
from babies and children!
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