How can I reuse or recycle a wicker washing basket?
Over on the Suggest an Item page, Cate B asked:
I have an old ali baba wicker laundry basket that is unravelling itself after years of use. Do you think I could grow potatoes in it and would I have to line it to stop soil falling out?
If the wicker is made from natural fibres, I imagine that it would start to rot pretty quickly once it was filled with wet soil — I had a purpose-bought, plastic-lined wicker hanging basket a few years ago and that fell apart after two years max, in the garden – and that was designed to be outside and hold wet soil.
I probably wouldn’t be much more willing to use it if it was made from synthetic fibres either: plastic for outdoor use is treated to be resistant to UV rays, else it discolours & starts to break down – and I’m not sure I’d want plastic breaking down that close to my food.
On the flip side though, if you can grow your potatoes in something else, you could use the wicker basket for storing them – brush off any damp soil and leave them in the open to dry off excess surface moisture for a couple of hours, then they can be stored in the wicker basket in a cool, dry part of your house. The wicker will let excess moisture to escape unlike a solid container.
Has anyone tried growing potatoes in an old washing basket?
Or does anyone have any reusing or recycling ideas for one?