How To Grow Vegetables In Garden Soil Bags

And inexpensive method with great results

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Garden soil in a bag

Gardeners are finding new and inexpensive ways to get the results they want while working on a budget which I think is pretty amazing. The world of gardening is filled with so many opportunities as you let your imagination run while letting those creative juices flow getting the results that are worth our time and effort.

By thinking outside of the box we can construct a garden no matter how small the space by envisioning what we want can make a huge difference which can impact our surroundings and environment in a big way. Below we will be discussing an amazing way to garden with the help of a garden soil bag.

Garden in a Soil Bag

You decide that you want a garden so you head down to your local plant nursery to purchase a bail of soil. Returning home you proceed to open the bail of soil to get started.

You open the bag, pour out the soil and begin to sow your seeds, but do you know that another method to gardening is by installing your seeds\seedlings into that bail of soil in the bag? especially if you have limited space. Do you want to know? well here is how it’s done.

11 Steps to take when gardening from a Soil Bag

1. First, locate an area where you want to install your garden soil bag.

2. When purchasing the soil, the soil bag should be between 1-2 cubit ft in size which comes out to 20-30lbs.

3. Turn the soil bag flat on one side and with a tool that has a pointed edge poke some holes at the bottom of the bag for drainage.

4. Place the soil bag in the spot that was chosen to install your garden, this surface should be even.

5. Ensure however that this location is getting at least 5-6 hours of sunlight.

6. On the opposite side of the soil bag, cut a large rectangular shape out by removing the plastic leaving a 2-3 inch border. This cut out section should resemble a window.

7. Removing about one or two inches of the soil from the bag will help in preventing soil spillage when applying water.

8. Keep in mind that during the rainy season especially heavy rain downpour the soil bag can get filled with water causing the soil to wash out off the bag so keep a watch out for the rain and seek to cover the bag or move the soil bag to and area to protect from the rain.

9. If you are planting seeds read the package for planting depth and proper spacing of seeds.

10. If installing seedlings then get with your garden nurseryman for information on planting depth and spacing of seedlings.

11. Once seeds or seedlings are installed water thoroughly according to instruction.

Additional information

1. Ensure you are always giving your plants the right amount of water.

2. The use of organic pesticides or homemade remedies is great for food crops to bring insect pests under control.

The benefits of gardening in a bag

  • No need to worry about back-breaking work
  • These garden types are great for those with limited space
  • The plastic bag will smother the weeds growing under it
  • These small garden types are easy to maintain
  • Soil bag gardening can be considered as portable gardens
  • No hassle just sow seeds or seedlings into the soil bag
  • This garden type gives instant results (a garden that’s constructed in no time)
  • These gardens are great for those who live in an apartment
  • Can be placed on your balcony
  • Can grow from your patio
  • This way of gardening is great if you have poor soil.

Growing Herbs

Garden herbs can be grown in a garden plastic soil bag.

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Garlic Herb
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Chives
  • Cilantros
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Oregano

Growing Vegetables

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  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Sweet Potato
  • Radishes

The final word on how to grow vegetables in a garden soil bag

Gardening in a soil bag is that simple, you can have an instant garden with these easy but yet effective steps which will help you to reap the fruits of your labor. This type of gardening is smart gardening because you get to create an instant garden with a small investment while giving you a good return. Soil bag gardening a smart way to garden in small spaces.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

8 thoughts on “How To Grow Vegetables In Garden Soil Bags”

  1. I am lost for words. It’s my first time I am hearing about a garden bag. I am glad I stopped by. I am going to look into it and it’s a nice way to get your hand dirty and plant herbs. I am thinking of herbs. I am going to search for it. Looks like gardening is going to become live in our home. Thanks

    • You make me so happy to know that you are going to try this way of gardening. Trust me you will be so happy that you did when you see the great results. Wishing you all the best of success and please let me know how it goes. Have a good day.

  2. Now isn’t this a great idea. I just started gardening four months ago because I was at home for an extended period. I bought pepper seed, broccoli and tomatoes and managed to get a set of seedlings coming up nicely and I am saying to myself ‘Now what”. This gardening bag would work for me because I don’t have a lot of space and I might want to move the plants. In addition I would want them to have the best soil composition to get the best vegetables. I have to check this out. Wish me luck.

    • This method is a great way to grow a garden, especially food crops. Wishing you the best of success and please let me know how it goes. Have a good day.

  3. Hi and thanks for sharing this. I’ve long had the idea that I would construct tiers of window box-style shelves on a sun-facing wall and grow vegetables and herbs as for many years I was living in an apartment. In the end, I moved into a house with a large enough garden so I was able to construct a raised bed vegetable garden instead. Where we live critters are an issue all the way from raccoons, goffers, possum, squirrel, and deer so the protective shields around the garden are essential. I always thought it would be fun to make raised beds on shelves that can be raised high in the air with a pulley system. That would solve most of the critter issues including the deer but squirrels would just climb up of course. I guess the engineer in me wants to have as much fun as the gardener. I do think more homegrown food is the way to go. Thanks and best regards, Andy

    • Growing and edible garden is a great way to go because you will be growing your food crops the healthy way. So let’s spread the word to see more food crops growing from home gardens. Great to help and all the best to you.

  4. My mum keeps suggesting I do this because I don’t seem to have good soil at all around me no matter what I do to it. I’ve been trying to compost but that takes a long time so grow in the bag may be the best way for our family at the moment.

  5. It worked for my tomatoes last year. What a
    Lovely sight to see. So I will do again this year. I wonder if my greens, lettuce, and scallions will grow like this, it’s always a battle with weeds in ground and the bugs.


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