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Post  nidiyao 4/7/2010, 3:32 pm

Mother Earth News has an interesting article in the April/May 2010 issue about using bags of soil to set up a temporary garden. It occurred to me that this might be a good solution for those who might like to try SFG, but will be moving this year, or have some other reason they can't start a permanent bed right now. The bags are 2x3', and if you choose a good "soil", you might get a decent harvest.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/start-a-quick-and-easy-food-garden.aspx

Just an idea...
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Post  daisyhill 4/11/2010, 2:34 am

Coming from Ireland, this was how I always saw tomatoes grown at home - in grow-bags in the glassed-in conservatory. It wasn't until I moved to New Zealand, which is considerably sunnier, that I was able to grow tomatoes outdoors in the ground.

Grow-bags definitely have their place (although it's difficult to keep them sufficiently watered because they just can't hold much), as do those pop-up fabric "tubs" that you fill with soil or compost or whatever. We used a lot of the latter this year for tomatoes and peppers growing indoors, and I was very happy with them. When I'm doing my end-of-season clear up I'll dump the used soil onto the compost heap and store the empty bags ready for next spring.
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Post  Retired Member 1 4/11/2010, 10:20 am

This was also the way my grandfather grew tomatoes in England. Just lay the bag down flat, make a few holes for drainage, and an X on the top to stick the tomato plant in. Pretty nifty.
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Post  janetgouvas 4/11/2010, 12:25 pm

This is how I planted almost everything last year. I wanted to be able to move things around to see where they would do best in my new yard. I planted everything in the bags of mix that I got from the Home Depo. except the tomatoes, eggplant and peppers, which went into the baby swimming pool. I did move the bags around until I was satisfied with the location and left them there permanently. Everything grew like crazy and I had loads of veggies. I was well on my way to a bumper baggy crop when the whiteflies almost wiped out everything!
Not the fault of the baggy beds, tho'.

This year I am ready for the whitflies and have prepared one permanent 4'x8' square foot bed. I am still using the baby pool and other large pots. Only watermelon and cucumbers in the bag this season. I still have a lot to learn about desert gardening but I look forward to the winter growing season. (I have been noticing cedar gate boards advertised and they seem like a good idea for building SFbeds. Anyone have any thoughts on this?) Am also looking for a source for FREE pallets. Haven't found any yet.

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Post  martha 4/11/2010, 1:23 pm

Janet, have you checked grain and feed stores? Here in New England, that is a good source. They usually charge for the intact ones, and give away ones that are a little damaged.
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Post  janetgouvas 4/12/2010, 10:41 am

Martha,
Sounds like a good idea. Thanks.
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