A Garden in a Bag
Every year as spring rolls around, I wish I had more energy and a few extra hours each day to create a “Better Homes” Garden. This year is to be the “year of the garden.” Just meaning this is the year we will get serious about growing a garden. Honestly the thought of weeding, fertilizing, buying, planting, more weeding and watering makes me exhausted. I was just about to give up on the idea this year when I saw an article in Mother Earth News, Garden Edition. Planting a garden in top soil bags. The closest to an instant garden I’ve ever come. They didn’t give a lot of details, but the idea is great. No weeding, because the bags kill anything under them! At the end of the season, just take the plastic out and turn over the soil. The next year you have a new bed.
- Buy 40 pound bags of quality top soil. ( I bought 20 pound bags, because I couldn’t lift the 40 pound ones.) I need about 30 bags.
- Cut drain holes on the bottom of the bag.
- Cut an opening in the top of the bag. Two inches from the edge.
- I bought an additional bag of cow manure to mix into the bags. (just a scoop in each bag then mix)
- Plant heirloom seeds or seedlings. (You can collect the seeds at the end of the season and use them next year.)
- The spacing depends on the plants. I put about 6 lettuces in my small bags. Tomato plants take up one bag.
***I read somewhere that broken egg shells keep out slugs. I decided to try it.
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte is a gardening book that tells you which plants help each other grow when planted together. For instance: beans like cucumbers and cabbage grows well with dill. I love the thought of the garden taking care of itself. I have had a lot of success with corn, beans and squash. The corn needs the extra nitrates that beans give off, the beans climb the corn, the squash protect the group and the squash enjoys the shade of the corn. There must be something to this companion gardening. If nothing else, our garden plants will play well together.