Don't use burlap. The mesh is to coarse and the sand will wash out.
Use canvas. Better is plastic. Plastic takes up much less storage space and
is reusable (canvas rots).
You can get all you want from the postal service (for free). Must turn
Yeah, I'm gonna walk up to the teller at the post office and say " May I
please have 2 dozen of those used mail bags for free please" and wait for
them to say " where did you hear that we have those for the taking, from
some nut on the internet or something" The rest of that advice sounds good
If it has been raining a lot lately (are you from MA or NH by chance today)
then you may be able to get a supply from your city works department with or
without sand already in them. Many cities hand them out to residents during
weather emergencies and sometimes in advance (so they may have them
anytime). Check your city webpage for an info phone number to find out.
Don't go to the "teller" at the counter. Go to the bulk mail acceptace unit,
usually at the central post office.
The US Postal Service will provide all the mailbags you need (also stickers,
labels, rubber-bands, etc.). In fact, for some mailings, mail must be placed
in USPS bags before the post office will even accept it.
Mail bags come in two sizes: Full and half. Actually they come in one bag
with nine more inside (wads of ten). The half size holds about a peck, full
size, a little over a bushel.
If you have access to any old, tire inner-tubes, they work well as a
makeshift sandbag. Tractor innertubes are good, though can be pretty
heavy if they're too large.
First cut it in half. Using 2x4s, fold one end closed and "clamp" it
between two 2x4's and screw the 2x4's together with several wood
screws. Fill the tube with sand. Close the open end the same way as
An averaged sized agricultural tractor tube cut in half and filled with
sand can weigh over 100 lbs, so be careful, and maybe cut it into
quarters instead of halves.
SWMBO had me line one of these crates with burlap for a tomato plant
she put on our front porch.
It's up there with some other plants in pots of various shapes and
sizes. It actually looks pretty cool - the old wood and the rough
We'll see how it holds up...it's not like it gets moved around too
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