The other day we saw something on a video and it made the manthing think. No worries he said it didn't hurt. I do not remember what it was we saw but what ever it was that spurred his moment of genius hopefully has just made our gardening life much easier.
Each feed bag has three layers. Two of them are plain brown paper and one is plastic lined. The plastic one is between the two other layers but nothing connects any of them so all you need to do is separate them in order to use. A cut along the bottom seam to remove it and a slice down the side and SHAZZAM! Two approximately 3x2 foot weed barriers and one easy to roll up and dispose of piece of waste.
The front hill has in the past had issues with water flowing and erosion in heavy rains even before it was gardened. We decided to till it up and begin gardening in this area the year before last. Last year we decided to go with a contoured strip type garden on the hill in order to stop the erosion yet be able to use this wide open space to grow some decent crops. Basically what we are working for is many raised flat beds with grasses in between and on the sides to keep the soil where we want it. Between trying to contour it and still being a fairly young bed, weeds have been a huge issue.
Today by using the feed bag weed barriers hopefully we can ease our work load and help us in reaching our eventual goals for that bed. It cost us nothing but 3 minutes of time to make and covers 6 sq foot per bag. At 7 bags a month that is 1008 square foot of garden space I can have a free weed barrier for. It takes just a few minutes extra to put down when planting but will save us untold amounts of time and frustration. It won't just help with this crop of veggies but hopefully forever more or at least as long as I need to supplement critters with store bought feed.