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Post  VJ72584 1/3/2018, 1:32 pm

Has anyone used something like these bags I found on Amazon?  I was hoping they might be good for tomatoes. I have a few elderly folks from my church that could definitely manage to water something like this if I fill and plant it. 

https://www.amazon.com/247Garden-5-Pack-Gallon-Aeration-Handles/dp/B013JFHMNK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1515003876&sr=8-3&keywords=grow+bags+7+gallon
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Post  landarch 1/3/2018, 6:54 pm

These should work well...I've used a cheap plastic bag with holes version.  The shrub and tree industry has been switching to grow bags because of the air/ root pruning...unlike trying to grow in a large hard plastic pot or container.

That said, these need watered well in the heat of the summer...so keep an eye on nitrogen which may leach out faster than normal.
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Post  trolleydriver 1/3/2018, 7:54 pm

@VJ72584 wrote:Has anyone used something like these bags I found on Amazon?  I was hoping they might be good for tomatoes. I have a few elderly folks from my church that could definitely manage to water something like this if I fill and plant it. 

https://www.amazon.com/247Garden-5-Pack-Gallon-Aeration-Handles/dp/B013JFHMNK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1515003876&sr=8-3&keywords=grow+bags+7+gallon

Check out the price difference in Canada. Yikes! $43.89 Canadian versus 8.95 USD. The Canadian dollar is around 79 cents US. The way out price at Amazon Canada makes no sense. I definitely will not be buying those grow bags up here in the great white north.

https://www.amazon.ca/247Garden-5-Pack-Gallon-Aeration-Handles/dp/B013JFHMNK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515027092&sr=8-1&keywords=247Garden+5-Pack+7+Gallon+Grow+Bags
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Post  SQWIB 1/3/2018, 8:10 pm

I used to use with a few. I used the awesome pot.
What's nice is you can get them with mulching lids built in.
They are from recycled water bottles I believe.
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Post  VJ72584 1/4/2018, 9:35 am

I looked at that awesome pot online. They are more expensive, but I do like the cinched top. Maybe I will order a couple of each and compare.  Might be able to use landscape fabric to create a bit of a cover on the cheaper pots. It is so hot here in the summer so watering will be key.  Did you have to add any nutrients during the grow season?

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Post  SQWIB 1/4/2018, 10:35 am

@VJ72584 wrote:I looked at that awesome pot online. They are more expensive, but I do like the cinched top. Maybe I will order a couple of each and compare.  Might be able to use landscape fabric to create a bit of a cover on the cheaper pots. It is so hot here in the summer so watering will be key.  Did you have to add any nutrients during the grow season?

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Use pond underlayment instead.
For filling I had success following Larry Halls suggestion
He does a lot of air pruning stuff
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Post  SQWIB 1/4/2018, 10:54 am

Doing a search on awesome pots and it looks like they went out of business, no surprise, but it's a shame it was a great product and worth the cost.
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Post  countrynaturals 2/7/2020, 6:26 pm

Our granddaughter loves hot peppers. I just discovered they can be perennial, and don't need huge containers, so I'd like to move them in and out with the seasons. It looks like these bags would be much easier and lighter for bringing them in and out. Wadayathink?

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Post  countrynaturals 2/7/2020, 6:29 pm

@SQWIB wrote:I used to use with a few. I used the awesome pot.
What's nice is you can get them with mulching lids built in.
They are from recycled water bottles I believe.
https://sites.google.com/site/sqwibsurbangardeningadventure/air-pruning-garden
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OMG! These just gave me a great idea. I'll knit "ponchos" for them in bright colors, to act as mulch in the hot summers and garden room decor in the winter. YEE-HAH! Too much fun! happy dance
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Post  ralitaco 2/8/2020, 1:18 am

I have never used grow bags, so please excuse my ignorance. 
It seems like the 5 gallon would be closer to a 1' square - says 12" by 10"
So would you treat them like 1 square and use the same number of plants per bag?
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Post  countrynaturals 2/8/2020, 8:46 am

@ralitaco wrote:I have never used grow bags, so please excuse my ignorance. 
It seems like the 5 gallon would be closer to a 1' square - says 12" by 10"
So would you treat them like 1 square and use the same number of plants per bag?
Yup, that would be my plan. In my case, I'd only use them for plants that need to be moved, so it would be tomatoes and peppers -- 1 plant per square.
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Post  ralitaco 2/9/2020, 5:34 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:
Yup, that would be my plan. In my case, I'd only use them for plants that need to be moved, so it would be tomatoes and peppers -- 1 plant per square.
Why are you moving them? Is it to get an early start in the cooler weather so they are in the house/garage and then moved out for the summer?
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Post  countrynaturals 2/9/2020, 7:10 pm

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Yup, that would be my plan. In my case, I'd only use them for plants that need to be moved, so it would be tomatoes and peppers -- 1 plant per square.
Why are you moving them? Is it to get an early start in the cooler weather so they are in the house/garage and then moved out for the summer?
In for the winter, out for spring, in for the brutal summer, out again for fall. I read that they can be perennials that way, but seeds are cheap, so if it's too much trouble, I'll scrap the project and just replant twice a year. geek  The goal is to have tomatoes and peppers all year long. bounce
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Post  ralitaco 2/9/2020, 7:31 pm

@countrynaturals wrote:In for the winter, out for spring, in for the brutal summer, out again for fall. I read that they can be perennials that way, but seeds are cheap, so if it's too much trouble, I'll scrap the project and just replant twice a year. geek  The goal is to have tomatoes and peppers all year long. bounce
Well that makes sense now...and a worthy goal, indeed!!!
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