Garden in a Bag

Try this!

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!


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Garden in a Bag

  1. Wendy says:

    One of my neighbors does this. for plants like tomatoes, he’ll actually stack a few bags on top of each other to create a deeper garden (cutting holes in top bottom – this must take some coordination).


  2. HerbDoc says:

    Thanks, Wendy! Great idea! After I read this, I saw another tip that said
    to poke the holes first and then turn it over and cut out the top. If stacked I think a few large pitchfork holes in the bottoms where the plants are to be placed might work. It would take a couple of people or one really strong guy to stack them up though; I had enough trouble flipping one around! Someone chimed in and said that if you try this method, you’ll never go back to “regular” gardening. She actually covers her entire vegetable garden with these bags, but it might get pretty expensive!


  3. mountain mama says:

    What a terrific idea. I am definitely going to do this. I have just the spot to try this new way to have a quick garden. Thanks for passing on the great tip.


  4. HerbDoc says:

    You’re very welcome! And since it was so cold when I planted these poor guys so I could take a photo, I have them topped with the water jugs…so far, so good!


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