Here’s HerbDoc again with yet another cool gardening idea:
For the past two years I have wanted to build another raised bed to adjoin the five which house my herb and old-fashioned perennial flower gardens. Something always gets in the way of construction! I can’t remember the reason we didn’t get around to it last year, but this year we were busy shoveling the floodtide from our basement and disposing of things that were ruined.
I had given up the idea for this year when I came across a short, ingenious article that presented an idea that I think I’ll try. Buy two or three bags of good quality garden soil and lay them flat end to end, depending on the size “garden” that’s wanted. Cut out the tops of the bags, leaving two inches around the borders. Now punch holes through the soil and the bottom of the bag, using a pitchfork. This will provide drainage for the gardens and will let the roots of plants grow down through the existing soil. Plant as usual.
The beauty of this method is if you’re planning a new plot in an area where there is grass, you won’t have to dig it up. The plastic bags will smother the grass over the growing season.
The author of the article swore by her method and said that the harvest was comparable to that of her “regular” raised beds. Makes sense, and I don’t think I can lose trying it out!