How to use grow bags to harvest vegetables
Are you looking for an alternative to an underground garden during this growing season? Are you short of space for your favorite vegetable plants?
Planting bags are a convenient way to grow tomatoes without taking up a lot of garden space. Stored and stored properly, you can reuse them every year in a customizable garden that requires no digging.
What are grow bags?
A grow bag is a flexible, fabric or plastic container used to grow plants. Most look like grocery stores or tote bags. Once filled with soil, they stand upright just like any other grower.
You can put all types of plants in seed bags, from flowering annuals to deciduous trees.
Unlike traditional garden containers, the bags are lightweight and collapsible. This makes them perfect for packing and storage during the cold winter months.
Like pots, these containers are usually measured in gallons. You can use this metric to convert plants in traditional pots to bags and vice versa.
You can put most vegetables in 5-gallon bags
. For large or multiple plants, use 8 or 10 gallon bags.
Do I need drainage holes?
Grow bags usually do not have drainage holes, and many do not need them.
Fabric bags are semi-permeable, which means that moisture can escape even without drainage holes. These containers also allow oxygen to pass through and aerate the soil inside.
Although some plastic bags have drainage holes, this material does not allow moisture and oxygen to pass through the fabric.
Step 1: Choose a location
Tomatoes grow in white seed bags.
Find the right location for your vegetable and herb garden. You can use them in your backyard, patio, roof deck, greenhouse or even indoors.
Keep in mind that once filled with soil, these containers will become heavier. Be sure to place the bags in or near the final location of your suitcase.
Step 2: Fill the bag
Now it's time to add soil and plants. Depending on your needs, you can sow seeds, use seedlings or transplant mature plants.
Add 3-4 inches of soil to the bottom of a 5-gallon or 8-gallon bag (if planting tomato seeds, fill the bag three-fourths full).
Place your tomato plants or seeds in the center of the planting bag.
Continue adding soil until the bag is full.
Add your favorite fertilizer.
(Optional) Cover the soil surface with mulch.
Use stakes, rings or cages to support the tomatoes.
Add two inches of soil to the bottom of a 10-gallon bag.
Place three to four seed potatoes on the surface of the soil.
Fill the bag with soil until the seed potatoes are just covered.
As the seed potatoes germinate, continue to add soil to cover them.
Once the soil reaches the top of the grow bag, allow the potatoes to bloom and die before harvest.
Add small pieces of rock to the bottom of the 5-gallon bag to create a 2-inch layer.
Fill the grow bag with dirt until its edges are three to four inches below the edge of the grow bag.
Dig two to three small holes and plant cucumber seeds or plants in each hole. Fill the holes with soil.
When cucumbers are mature, support them with lattice or wooden stakes or drag the plants to the ground around the grow bag.
You can pack a variety of vegetables in the bags.
Step 3: Clean up and store
At the end of the growing season, clean and store the bags for one year by following these steps.
Remove all plants and soil.
Use a garden hose to spray loose dirt and debris.
Fill buckets, public sinks or plastic buckets with clean water.
Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent to the water.
Dip the bag into the cleaning solution to remove clumps of dirt.
Use a sponge or a gentle brush to remove any remaining dirt and stains.
Rinse each bag thoroughly.
Air dry the bags until they are completely dry - this is very important!
Fold and store in a cool, dry place.
Pack the bags
You don't need acres of land to build an impressive vegetable garden. With grow bags, you can grow tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, etc. anywhere you put pots.