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Considering that most gardeners don't have perfect soil, vegetable garden preparation requires tilling the soil, removing weeds, and adding fertilizer and organic matter. However, growing vegetables in bags of potting soil eliminates all this preparation work.
Instead of doing a lot of backbreaking work, you simply:
In addition to the above-mentioned reasons to garden this way, the bag-garden can be created on a raised surface (such as a table) with drainage holes. This is great if you have a chronic illness and trouble with bending, limited mobility or limited range of motion.
Choose whatever floats your boat. Some plants do better in different kinds of soil. Ordinary bagged “topsoil” or inexpensive “tree and shrub planting mix” will do quite nicely.
Poke drainage holes in the bottom of the bag.
Sun is important for plants to grow.
Use a utility knife to cut out a large, rectangular window on the upper surface of each bag.
Break up and wet the soil, then plant the seeds or seedlings.
Get the plants you wish to grow—either as seedlings or seeds. Then get started!
Any plant that does well in large containers will do well in a garden soil bag.
© 2017 Gina Welds Hulse
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 19, 2017:
This is brilliant, Gina! I love all the different containers you use for your garden. The potting soil bag method seems ideal for all the reasons you state in this article.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 27, 2017:
This is a totally new concept for planting. I have used egg cartons but never soil bags. Thanks for sharing...
Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 23, 2017:
This is a great idea, especially for people who live in places where the soil is contaminated. A few years ago the EPA did a cleanup in my neighborhood (which has had heavy industrial use), but before that I was limited to container gardening for my food. I wish I'd had this tip back then!
S Maree on May 22, 2017:
Thank you! That sounds like a great idea!
Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on May 20, 2017:
S Maree, I guess you're referring to garden cress and not watercress. Garden cress is a cool weather crop, so it should be planted in early Spring, as early as 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Cress is quick growing from seed; it will be ready for harvest 15 to 20 days after sowing. Sow successive crops until mid summer. Sow cress again in early autumn for autumn and winter harvest. If you grow cress in the bags do not put too many holes in for drainage, as cress thrive in damp soil. Do not let the soil dry out. Hope that helps.
S Maree on May 20, 2017:
Thank you for these great ideas! I have cinder blocks that need a purpose. Lettuce & chard sounds very nice! Any ideas about cress? Thank you!
Amos DM Mashigo from 2783 Dakota Street Evaton West 1984 on May 19, 2017:
Planting in bags is indeed a great idea that never came to my mind before. I am really thankful for this wonderful piece of advice.
I will indeed start growing my veggies using this system which would be quite beneficial to me in our area where weeds are a big problem to gardening.