Vegetables on grow bags (Google Alert / Kansas City Star)

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If you use a grow bag, you don’t need a yard to create a plentiful plot. GARDENING

For urban residents who fear their minuscule or nonexistent yards rule out gardening, be encouraged: Big arranging ideas can sprout in small spaces. The down-home favorite that most city folks assume they have to forgo is the vegetable garden, but growing tomatoes as sweet as the ones from your mother’s backyard is possible with the help of grow bags. These are simply bags of soil set up on concrete side yards, apartment terraces or any place where there’s no natural dirt. Tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and peppers all work in grow bags, as do herbs. The bags can be useful for planning when you’re still deciding where to establish a permanent garden.

 Learn more about grow bags in the book Down and Dirty.

Learn more about grow bags in the book Down and Dirty.

Make a grow bag garden
Step 1: Cut open a bag of soil.Step 2: Make a teepee of dowels or put up a tomato cage for growing support.

Step 3: Plant carefully. Make sure the roots are not exposed, but don’t bury the plant so deeply that the stem gets suffocated.

Step 4: Cut holes in the bags to let excess water drain because frequent watering is needed. A drip-irrigation system can ensure plants get enough water while minimizing the amount of time you spend bent over a heavy watering can.

Step 5: If the bags’ garish colors clash with your earthy deck chairs, surround them in black garbage bags to tone them down and trap in heat.

Step 6: At the end of the season, cleanup will be easy: Just throw out the grow bags or dump their contents in a compost heap.


Alison Lapp, The Associated Press

Small space gardening (About: gardening)

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Small Space Garden Design: Small Vegetable Garden, Big Yield

Vegetable Gardening in a Small Space

From Marie Iannotti,
Your Guide to Gardening.

You don’t need a farm to grow fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits. You don’t really even need a garden. Plant breeders know that after taste, home gardeners want a high yield in a small space. So they’ve been developing more varieties that can grow in a small foot print or even live in containers all year long. Continue reading Small space gardening (About: gardening)

Matching small gardens and containers (About: gardening)

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Small Space Garden Design: Containers & Small Gardens – A Perfect Match 

Container gardening has become a discipline of its own. There is just about nothing that can’t be grown in a pot, so there’s no longer any excuse not to garden. Right? Whether your whole garden consists of containers or whether you use them as accents, the choice of pots and plants makes creating a container garden a game. You can even swap plants out during the growing season, as one fades and a new one is needed to replace it. Continue reading Matching small gardens and containers (About: gardening)

Gardening on Patios and Terraces (About: Gardening)

One knows how difficult it is to grow plants in very dry regions. A lot of information is published on xeriscaping, which corresponds in fact with growing drought adapted species under dry conditions. It becomes more problematic when we have to grow food crops in dry areas, most of them having a high transpiration rate. Drought tolerant vegetables are quite exceptional. Therefore, in order to have more people living in desert-like circumstances growing fresh food, we are nowadays promoting container gardening to solve those problems. Indeed, the growing of vegetables (producing leaves and fruits) in containers offers opportunities to enhance water and fertilizer use efficiency (no infiltration of water in a permeable soil, almost no leaching of nutrients). Moreover, costs for containers can be limited to almost zero by using plastic bottles or bags (see the former messages on my desertification blog: <>).

Marie Iannotti’s message on “Gardening on Patios and Terraces” describes ideas along the same lines.
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Small Space Garden Design: Gardening on Patios and Terraces

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Our definition of garden is changing with our lifestyles. If you don’t think a patio or terrace garden qualifies as a proper garden, you would be amazed at what’s being grown on rooftops and ally ways in our cities. Patios and terraces have become outdoor rooms and they are being decorated to be an extension of the home. And this gives them an innate advantage over being a garden bed. You can garden to your heart’s content and never feel like you’ve left civilization. For many people, especially those who are downsizing to condos or with young children at home, gardening on the terrace, whether in containers or in the surrounding soil, the perfect circumstance. Continue reading Gardening on Patios and Terraces (About: Gardening)