Organic Sack Gardening

Organic Garden In A Bag

Organic Sack Gardening-sack-with-soy-beans
A sack with soybeans

Sack gardening is a great way to grow in small spaces, this method of gardening is not new but has been around for some time. In fact, sack gardening was first introduced in 2008 because of a crisis that took place in Mathare, Kiambu, and Kibera slums. Because of food insecurity, a plan was put in place where this garden technique was brought to 22,109 households which helped more than 110,000 people.

Bag/sack gardens are also known as “vertical farms or vertical gardens” These sacks are filled with soil followed by adding plants. This is a simple but yet effective way to have an edible garden or grow your very own food crops.

10 Easy Steps to Organic Sack Gardening

1. Wash your bag and set it out to dry.

2. In the bottom of your bag place about 10 to 12 cm of stones.

3. On the stone layer in a vertical position your can or bottle and fill it with stones, the soil that’s used should be mixed with compost and manure. Pack this mixture around your stone column.

4. Continue this process until the bag is filled or the top of the bag is reached, carefully remove the can or bottle. Only the column of stones should be left.

5. With a sharp piece of wood pierce or make holes in the sack/bag, these holes should be made 15 cm apart from each other. Be very cautious and try to avoid making holes in the stones at the bottom of the bag.

6. On top of the stone column water the bag thoroughly along with the sides, ensuring that the soil has good moisture.

7. Once the soil is well moistened carefully place your plants in the holes in the sack, as you place your plants be careful not to damage the tender roots. Once your plants are installed give your plants another drink of water.

8. Don’t allow the soil to dry out completely, if the weather is dry water twice a day, if the weather is humid then once a day should be sufficient.

9. Plants that are sick remove along with the weeds.

10. If you have any uninvited guests (garden insect pests) then use organic pesticides or these homemade remedies because you’re growing an organic edible garden. Continue to care for your garden as you reap a harvest of your labor.

What vegetables which can be grown in a sack garden?

The advantages of a sack garden

  • A sack garden can take can be installed in very small spaces
  • These gardens are portable
  • Sacks are inexpensive
  • You can grow more plants in less space
  • Low cost or start-up
  • Growing in sacks can prevent overwatering
  • There is little no cleanup that’s needed
  • No weeding or little weeding is needed
  • No or  not much bending is required
  • Sacks are easy to store when not in use

The disadvantages of a sack garden

  • Seeds cannot be grown from these gardens
  • Plants roots are restricted to the sack and are defending you you for water
  • Many sacks or bags are not breathable
  • Grow bags require more watering than traditional pots
  • may require more frequent fertilization

The final word on organic sack gardening

Organic sack gardening is a great way to garden in small spaces, these gardens have proven to work and have provided food for many families. This is a smart and easy way to garden if you don’t have the space or very little space, these gardens are great for persons who want a garden but just don’t have the time to maintain them.

I believe that sack gardening is another twist to garden safely and wisely, if what we have discussed sparked an interest then give this gardening method a try you will be pleasantly surprised with the results as you grow your garden from a sack which I think is smart gardening. Sack gardening another awesome way to grow food crops.


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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.

10 thoughts on “Organic Sack Gardening”

  1. I have a gardener that I know will appreciate the post. He’s always telling me that he is looking for ways to make his job easier and is always open to learning new things. So I think that he will appreciate this post. I will be sure to share it with him. Thank you so much for this 

  2. Hi Norman:

    I am also a plant lover, mostly fruit and vegetable, but also ornamental ones. This organic sack gardening is new for me.However, it sounds like a viable garden, as you mention in small spaces. Gardening takes me away, puts me in a relaxing mode. Contact with nature to harvest later is the fulfillment of any self-proclaimed gardener, Cheers!


    Cesar M

  3. This is a great idea for those who may not have a yard to garden.  It’s also a way to combat food insecurity!  You mention these plants can’t be started from seeds using the bags but I have had great success starting seeds in my windowsill using small drinking glasses or coffee filters.  They can then be transplanted to the sacks.  I may try this next summer.  Thank you for posting!

  4. Hi Norman, Organic sack gardening is also known as vertical gardening and it can be done with little space and using wastewater. Organic sack gardening method is cheap and allows for year-round cultivation.

    The main advantage of sack gardening is it’s portability, low size, low cost, and productivity contributions to food security. Sack gardening can be replicated in spaces like urban gardens or roof gardens anywhere in the world.

    The best thing is that organic sack gardening does not contain harmful compounds that pollute the waters and the soil. Organic grown produce is healthier, tastier and more colorful than chemical-treated fruits and vegetables because these crops are grown without using pesticides or herbicides.

    • You are so on point, these gardens are amazing. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing. All the best to you and have a good day!

  5. Whoa so basically a garden in a bag right where you can grow anywhere? This is a pretty cool design the people made for the crisis they were in! That is what happens when you are creative and think outside the box after all, the plant’s roots can break through rock for them to grow so I couldn’t see why a bag wouldn’t work. It’s interesting to see that there are a variety of known vegetable that are able to grow in the bag, you got yourself free food for as long as you want to grow in a bag! Also amazing to see that the cost to make this organic garden in a bag is low too, which is a win win for everybody because having a greenhouse makes no sense when they have organic garden in a bag right! 


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