Last year, I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to keep the weeds out of one of my garden beds. And fertilizing it. And trying to figure out how to make the soil better.
Then I thought of an idea.
Why not plant my herbs/plants/flowers directly in a soil bag? And like most ideas…it had been thought of before. But…that is exactly what I did.
I lined by flower bed with two rows of soil bags…one layered slightly on top of the other. I used top soil (you could probably use whatever kind you like). I stabbed holes with a screwdriver through to the bottom (very therapeutic). Next, I planted the decomposable pots right into the bags after taking off the bottoms. I sprinkled some Miracle Gro pellets and then put mulch on top for looks and water conservation.
Well….it’s working great! The herbs and flowers are growing wonderfully….AND….there won’t be the weed problem this year.
What’s also nice is that you can experiment with different heights and configurations with the bags to fit your area. And I read that another great thing with planting in bags is that you can always move the whole bag to another spot if the plant isn’t doing well in that area.
I did try growing seeds and didn’t do really well with that. But that could have been other factors too. The bags with the large openings on the tops had the seeds. The rest I just made a hole big enough for the pot to sit inside comfortably.
I still have to fill in a few spots with mulch, but I thought the end result turned out really well.
And if it lets me spend less time working on my plants and more time enjoying them…then it was totally worth it.