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Growing Vegetables in Bags without a Garden

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Growing in Bags without a Garden


     You don’t need a large garden space to grow a few vegetables. You won't need shovels, hoes, tillers, etc. 

     Just a bag or two of topsoil will do! Growing vegetables should not be a chore if you don’t have garden space.

     Do you have an area in your yard, patio, porch, deck that gets 6 hours of sun a day? If you do, you can grow vegetables successfully. 

     Did you know you could grow your vegetables in a bag? 

     If you have an area that will accommodate a 2 foot by 2 foot area you can have a vegetable garden that requires little to no maintenance other than watering. 

     If you have a busy schedule, limited garden space or poor growing soil. Bagged potting soil is pasteurized to kill weed seeds, making garden maintenance very easy. Purchase 40-pound bags of soil with a balance of light soil and decomposing organic matter.

     You will be pleasantly delighted at how  many vegetables you can grow and the ease of growing them. So, head on out and get those bags of top soil before they get gone!

     After all the threat of frost has passed, place a bag of topsoil you have purchased in a level, flat area where it will get 6 hours of sun a day.  This can be a patio, porch, deck, side yard, etc. Make it convenient for you to water. 

     Either punch several holes or cut several slits in the bag for drainage.

     Turn the bag over so the slits or holes are under the bag. Remember there will be some dampness under the bag and as you water this and it drains, some may come out of the bottom. Don’t lay this where you don’t want dampness. Make sure the soil is flat and level before opening your bag. It is easier to do this before cutting the bag open. Try to keep the bag the same thickness all the way across.

     It is easier to use a box cutter for this part if you have one but if not, a good sharp knife will do the trick also! After leveling your solid begin in one corner approx. 2 inches in from the edge and cut a rectangular hole in the bag. Leave approx. 2 inches of bag to hold the dirt in place. 

     You are now ready to add your fertilizer. Sprinkle the amount you need across t he soil and work it in with a small garden trowel or your gloved hands. 

     If sewing seeds, you can now sew them and work them into the soil to the correct depth according to your seed directions. You should be able to get a whole bag of lettuce seeds in one bag.  Use ½ pack of beet, peas, or a couple of seed potatoes. We found online that 12 onion starts is a good number per bag of soil also.

     If planting tomatoes it is recommended to only do one plant. Peppers can be planted in pairs. Use ½ package of beans seeds for bush beans. Depending on where you lay you bag, the soil temperature may have a warmer temperature than a normal garden soil. 

     After the plants have come up a inch or two you will want to cover your bag with a ground cover like mulch or leaves to retain the moisture in the bag.  This also insulates the roots against the summer heat. 

     This will need regular watering. We recommend watering at least once per week. If your top solid dries out faster, water more often.  Just don’t over water and drown your plants.

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