Growbag growing used to be restricted to greenhouses but growbags also work really well on a sunny patio, deck or balcony. They are a great way of increasing growing space in soilless areas but also of avoiding any diseases in the soil. Chose plants that do not have deep roots such as tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and cucumbers. Not grafted plants though, their root system is too vigorous and needs more space. Salad leaves can also be grown successfully, chose a cut-n-come again variety and you’ll be enjoying home-grown leaves all summer.
When using the growbag for tomatoes, aubergines, etc two to three plants can be grown in each. These can either be planted direct or via a plant halo which creates a deeper planting area giving healthier root growth. Plant halos also enable water and feed to go straight to the roots.
Here’s a simple guide to growbag growing:
1) Water the plants well and allow to drain.
2) Give the growbag a good shake to loosen the compost and make sure it is spread evenly.
3) Make some drainage holes and cut out the pre-marked planting areas.
4) Dig a planting hole or, if using a plant halo, push it into the compost.
5) Plant the plant so that the top of the rootball is just below the surface of the compost
6) Push a stake into the compost and tie the plant in as it grows.
7) Keep the compost moist but not wet.
8) One flowers appear feed with a high potash liquid fertiliser
The only slight drawback to growbags is that they are not attractive. Whereas this is fine for the greenhouse it does matter when using them on a patio or balcony. The solution is to place the growbag in one of our sturdy, attractive rustic crates. Each crate comes complete with a growbag, a liner and 7 sturdy bamboo canes with fixings. Click here for more details.
Growbags are only good for one season as during that time the nutrients will all have been used. So, at the end of the season, split the bag open and add it to your garden to act as a soil conditioner.
Tip: Mushroom compost bags, will not provide enough nutrients to be used as a growbag. So, it’s best to stick to traditional growbags and follow our guidance on making the most attractive kind!