Do you love the taste and nutrition of fresh, homegrown salad greens and tomatoes, but feel you lack the time or space to garden? If so, then a simple, inexpensive, low-maintenance salad garden in a bag could be just right for you.
What Is A Bag Garden?
Although a bag garden can be fashioned out of many different types of bags, the easiest one simply uses a single bag of good quality potting soil from your local garden center. The tough plastic of the bag provides the structure to confine the soil, as well as the weight of the growing plants. Because the bag is non-porous, it will also prevent the water from draining out when you water your garden.
Your Garden Center Shopping List
The first step in planting your own salad garden in a bag is to go shopping for the following supplies:
- one 40-lb. bag of good quality potting soil
- 2 started vegetable plants, such as one cherry tomato plant and one pepper or bush cucumber plant, depending upon your preference
- a packet or two of seeds for your favorite lettuce or mixed-greens
- 10 green onion bulbs
When selecting your bag of soil, make sure to choose one without any punctures or tears in the bag and handle it carefully on the way home to avoid damaging it. Don't panic, however, if you do find a small hole in the bag later—you can patch it with a strip of waterproof duct tape applied to the outside of the bag.
Planting Your Garden
To accommodate the vegetable plants and seeds you will be planting, your bag of soil will need to be laid flat so that you have as much planting surface as possible. Look for a spot on your deck, patio, porch or even in your yard that gets full sunshine through the day and where the bag can lay undisturbed.
Once you have chosen a location, lay your bag flat and smooth the surface with your hands to evenly distribute the soil inside. Using a utility knife, cut and remove a rectangle from the plastic bag's surface to expose soil for planting.
Plant the started vegetables approximately a foot apart in the center of the bag, and then plant the lettuce seeds randomly over the remaining surface of the soil. Place five of the green onion bulbs root-end down into the soil at each end and then mist the soil thoroughly with water. Make sure to keep the soil barely moist, but not wet and in just a few weeks you will be enjoying fresh garden vegetables of your very own.
For more information, visit a local garden center like Salem Feed and Grain.