In July last year single use plastic bags were banned in Produce Departments. Paper bags have been supplied since then and re-useable bags on sale. One Supermarket has heavy cotton bags for sale and the other, I have just discovered, has lighter bags made from recycled plastic.
On a Vegetable Gardening Facebook page I recently read about using these bags to cover tomatoes to protect against birds and insects.
They are only 20 cents each and I bought 6 to try them out.
They are brilliant. We have Green Vegetable Bugs here that cause a hard unripened lump in the fruit and these bags work in keeping the bugs away.
Yesterday, I bought another 10 and they are now all in use. Still plenty more problems that can beset the plants, blight being the main one, but I have my fingers crossed.
At the moment I am picking about 1.8 kg a day with the largest just under 400 grams so plenty for us, friends and family and, hopefully some will go in the freezer for adding to casseroles and soups in the winter months.