Gro-Bags, gro-sacs and planters can be used to grow a magnitude of vegetables, fruits, salad leaves and herbs, which can provide a good size homegrown crop for a very small amount of money.
What you will need
Getting started with gro-bags/planters: seeds
- First, you need to place the gro-bag/planter in your selected location, then loosen the compost by shaking/kneading or rolling the gro-bag/planter making sure when you’ve finished doing this the compost is evenly distributed.
- Using scissors, cut out the required amount of pre-marked squares, depending on what you are growing you may want to use 2 or all of them.
- Gently push one seed into compost in the middle of each plating space, lightly cover with a thin layer of compost.
- Water and make sure to keep the compost moist, don’t allow it to dry out.
- As the plant germinates and gets taller, place a cane or planting ring with it.
Getting started with gro-bags/planters: plants
- Same first two steps as with seeds
- Carefully create a planting hole, this needs to be big enough to fit your plant’s roots so they sit just under the soil surface.
- Gently refill the space left in the hole and lightly firm the plant.
- Place a cane with each plant and tie it to it, this will provide stability and stop it from falling/bowing over. as the plant grow, keep tying it in. Alternatively, you can use a planting ring.
- Water generously.
What to grow
- French Beans
- Sweet Peppers
- Dwarf Beans
- Spring Onions
Getting started with gro-sacs
- Place the gro-sac in a sunny, sheltered spot that enjoys several hours of sunlight.
- Puncture drainage holes in the bag and using scissors, open at the top along the marked line.
- Roll the bag down until the compost is 2 inches from the top.
- Depending on what you are growing, you may only be able to place in one seed/plant per gro-sac, some vegetables don’t require a lot of room, so you would be able to grow more in each gro-sac.
What to grow
- Water regularly, try not to let the soil become too dry in hot warm conditions.
- A weekly feed of diluted liquid tomato feed, or a vegetable and fruit feed, will be needed due to the limited amount of compost in the gro-bags, gro-sacs and planters and the nutrients in it will be used up quickly.
- Where you have gaps in the gro-bags, gro-sacs or planters, you can always add some colourful plants to brighten them up.