A garden in a sack
Picture: Tom MacCubbin
Gardens in a sack started well over 30 years ago. I
remember an intern for Disney World growing plants in
sacks on a concrete area when I wrote a feature story.
Sacks at that time were filled with soil, laid flat,
punched with holes and planted. Well thanks to heavy
duty bags of soil the project of growing your garden in
a sack or bag just got easier.
Any bag of good
potting soil or composted cow manure might be your next
garden for that cramp quarters, balcony or patio. Scotts
Miracle-Gro has even made it really easy with their
Gro-Bags available for planting. Now, with a sack of
soil you can make "X" slits where you want to plant. And
then add several cuts about and inch long lengthwise in
the bags near the base along the edges. If you obtain
the Gro-Bags this job has been done for you and all you
have to do is plant.
Grow bags or sacks need
minimal care. Most potting mixtures come with several
months of fertilizer in the mix. It is gradually
released to the plants over a period of time. With my
project I never fertilized the plants once. All I had to
do is keep the soil moist. Now this seems simple but you
have to check the bags daily. As the plants grow bigger
the water needs increase and there is only a relatively
small amount of soil. It is possible to need water more
than once a day during the really dry times.
is some of the fun with this project. You can plant
vegetables or flowers. In my bag I planted broccoli,
strawberries and dianthus. Everything in this bag is
edible but I am not one to feast on a lot of flowers.
The buds of the broccoli were my delight. Also if you do
harvest flowers make sure the plants have not been
sprayed in the last 30 days or so.
What you can
grow in a bag of soil is endless and it's a lot of fun
for all family members. Just think - everyone can have
their own garden.