Once the new ACC mixed recycling service is rolled out, your old kerbside recycling bag (the white or blue bag for paper and cardboard) will make an ideal bag for growing potatoes (we suggest planting one or two seed potatoes per bag). To make it easier to fill cut off the top flap and then follow the instructions for ‘Growing in Bags and Containers’. It is worth leaving the handles attached as these will help you move the bag if needed. Don’t forget to make a few holes in the bottom to help drainage.
Though not as ideal as the bag the black box could also be used to grow potatoes. You will need to make extra holes in the bottom and raise it off the ground (put a couple of bricks or bits of wood underneath) to ensure it drains properly. It will also help drainage if you put some small stones or chuckies in the bottom before putting in the compost. The box could also be used to grow other plants and vegetables such as herbs and lettuce and will mean you’ll have fresh ingredients right by your kitchen door!