Grow bags provide valuable growing space for those with limited room and productive soil for those of you with problem soil – or the incorrect soil to grown specific plants. With grow bags, you needn’t dig soil over, add fertiliser or nutrients, spend time moving heavy pots and most importantly, you don’t need lots of space!
So how do you make the most of grow bags? It’s all quite simple! Firstly, position your bag before you plant it up. If you plan on growing any tall plants, you’ll want to give them the support of a trellis or cane – so take this into consideration and don’t leave your grow bags anywhere they could be a trip hazard.
Before you get planting, loosen up the compost by shaking the bag and kneading it – pretend you’re plumping up a pillow! Once in position make sure the compost is evenly spread by gently shaking the bag then pierce the base for drainage. With your chosen plants at the ready, cut planting squares big enough to easily fit the root ball of your plant. Next, scoop out the compost from each area you have cut – again to the size of the root ball. Place the plant and refill the hole with the compost, ensuring that the top of each root ball is just below the top of the bag. Once you’re happy and have planted up the entire bag, give it a good water. If you are planting a variety of fruit and veg, it is often helpful to pop labels in for each plant. Not only will this help you in regard to the feeding and watering needed, but when it comes to the all-important taste test, you’ll want to make sure you have the names of your favourites to try again next year.
You can grow a whole variety of plants using grow bags (such as tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, courgettes, aubergines, leafy vegetables for salads and cucumbers) and they work especially well for plants that are shallow rooting. You’d be surprised just how many plants you can fit in a standard grow bag – you can plant two or three plants in each bag during the spring – but unless your chosen plants have the same watering and feeding requirements, it is best not to mix different plant varieties.
In terms of day-to-day management, just make sure you keep the compost moist (check it by touch) and follow the feeding advice for each different plant. One of the great things about grow bags is that there is very little waste – once your plants have finished, you can simply split open the bag and use the compost on your garden or brushed thinly onto the lawn as a top-dressing.
With grow bags available from £2.89, now is the perfect time to try something new and give grow bags a go for produce throughout the summer!