What are GROW BAGS?
The history of grow bags goes back to the seventies when they were first invented out of pure necessity–people were tired of having to replace the over-exhausted or rotted soil in their greenhouse borders every few years and go through the tedious process of repotting with new soil. Hence, the grow bag was born out of the need for a convenient and efficient way of growing vegetables and crops in easy-to-replace grow bags.
Today grow bags are a revolutionary boon for green thumbed people living in cities and cramped urban areas. Essentially a grow bag is a small to large sized plastic/ cloth/ jute bag filled with a growing medium in which you can grow plants.
Grow bags are immensely popular nowadays as it allows for the benefit of growing your own home-grown food without worrying about pesticides. Besides you can maintain either big grow bags or small ones, depending on the size of your terrace or window sill area. What’s more, you can enjoy the benefits of gardening without getting your hands dirty.
Grow bags require to be filled with a growing medium that usually comprises of peat-based compost or any other organic material such as coir, composted green waste/ bark/ wood chips or a mixture of these. A nutrient rich potash compost along with a good spot receiving optimum sunlight and watering system makes the grow bag good to go.
It’s not just another ordinary bag
Grow Bags are unique and an economical option for those who appreciate fuss free gardening. The bags provide excellent aeration and drainage for strong, healthy roots and produce some of the best crops season after season. They are super convenient besides being reusable; just fold the bags and put them away when they’re not needed.
Grow bags have many benefits versus the conventional plastic/ clay pots with bothersome factors such as root bound plants being taken care of effortlessly. A root bound plant has roots that grow and reach the walls of the container while at the same time giving constant signals to the plant to continue making more roots; thereby resulting in a root bound plant.
A grow bag is versatile as you can grow a kitchen garden or mini vegetable patch even in small confined spaces such as a veranda or a flat roof. Besides, the grow bags are convenient, so you can replace them even after you have used them once; simply remove the remains of the previous crops and you are left with enough compost to grow another quick round of some other crop.
A few points to remember
For first-timers who would like to start their very own little kitchen garden, it is important to remember a few things– Grow bags dry out much faster than pots, so you may need to frequently water them. However don’t worry about over watering as drainage is usually fast and thorough; it’s nearly impossible to drown your plants in water in a grow bag.
To get the best crop time and again, keep the compost moist and feed plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers with a good quality fertilizer and do consider that heavy feeder plants may require more fertilizers. Be creative when choosing natural fertilizers. Preferably, plant shallow-rooted flowers, vegetable/ fruit plants or salads in the bag so as to ease the process of replanting.
One can choose to grow three plants of the same type per grow bag with typical growing bags providing enough space for three vegetable plants. Several people plant their vegetables such that that they provide enough food for several meals over the summer. The most popular vegetable to grow in a growing bag has usually been tomato plants, but many others have successfully grown exotic crops such as cucumbers, eggplants, chillies, peppers and salads.
Go ahead, get your own grow bag and remember ‘you are what you eat’.