The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Friday, May 23, 2014

Using Burlap in the Garden – Thank You Larry’s Beans!

Last year we picked up dozens of burlap bags from Larry’s Beans. We discovered a number of uses for burlap.


  • On Service Raleigh 2014 the volunteers cleared the pathways, spread out the burlap bags and then spread out wood chips on top to suppress the weeds. 
  • We use burlap as mulch. When we harvest an area of the garden, we lay down a piece of burlap to cover the soil until we plant something else. It helps with moisture retention and limits erosion of the soil we’ve worked so hard to build. We all know that soil is the most valuable item in our garden and we should be doing whatever we can to keep it from eroding away.
  • Where burlap really shines is for direct seeding in mid-summer. With the heat and lack of rain, burlap is a valuable tool to improve germination rates. “Giovanni” lays a piece of burlap over newly sown seeds making them germinate much faster. Not only does it help keep the area moist by preventing evaporation, it prevents seeds from being washed away when it rains.
  • Burlap also came in handy during the Polar Vortex this past winter. The wrapping does not necessarily keep them warmer, it just protects them from the desiccating cold winter wind. Burlap also helps when you don’t know the exact last frost date.
Here’s a photo of NCSU students spreading out burlap bags donated by Larry’s Beans to suppress weeds. Thanks you Larry’s Beans. We really appreciate your contribution to our garden.