A while back I wrote a post called Seven tips to make gardening “away” easier, which consists of—you guessed it—seven ideas for making it easier to garden at community garden plots, guerrilla gardens, or any garden that can’t be accessed simply by opening your back or balcony door.
The main challenge with these “away” gardens, in my experience, is all the schlepping to and fro of various tools, water, plants, seeds, and other garden accoutrements. And that’s not even taking the harvest into consideration! There can be, let’s say, transportation issues when it comes to getting the goods home.
The traditional container used for collecting produce from the garden is the harvest basket or trug. As lovely as some of these traditional designs can be, they’re just not my thing. (For one, they’re big! Where would I store it? We have a serious space shortage at our place!) So what I use is a reusable shopping bag—one of those lightweight polyester ones that rolls up into a little pouch. It’s perfect because it fits in a pocket, holds a ton of produce, and is easily machine washed.
Even though I like the bag I use, I’m really loving those produced by Bag The Habit.
Their Luxe Tote, which comes in nine different colours and patterns (I love “gray feather,” pictured above), has padded handles (perfect for hauling potatoes or heavier groceries), and a sewn-in carrying pouch that doubles as an interior pocket. And, it’s made out of recycled fabric. So are their mesh produce bags (shown below). Available in two sizes, these mesh drawstring bags would also be great for transporting garden goodies. Plus, the breathable material extends the life of fresh produce.
The lovely people at Bag the Habit are giving away three sets of bags, especially for Heavy Petal fans! For a chance to win, head on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment telling me which bags you’re coveting (a Luxe Tote Trio or a 2-pack of Mesh Produce bags) and how you plan to use them. Contest is open until Sunday, August 29 at midnight PST. You must be a fan of Heavy Petal on Facebook to win.