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Growing in grow bags

Growing in grow bags

These growing in grow bags tips and ideas will help you to grow thriving plants in grow bags. They are ideal for growing in small spaces or even to increase your harvest by using them alongside raised beds in the vegetable garden. There are various types and sizes of grow bags so choosing which is best for you and what you will grow is important.

Benefits of growing in grow bags 

If you are short of space, have a patio or balcony - grow bags are the ideal option to grow both flowers and vegetables in. They are easy to move around and are great space savers. It’s easy to harvest from grow bags because they are higher up and if you grow crops such as potatoes in, they can be tipped up rather than digging around to find them. 

Comparisons when growing in grow bags 

There are a few different types of grow bags in various sizes and materials. The top tip is to ensure you have grow bags with handles as this will make them much easier to move. Most are made from heavy-duty landscape fabric and will last a good few seasons. There are new grow bags on the market that also have netting to protect growing plants from pests and diseases. The colour of the grow bag depends on your preference although most are black or green. As long as the material isn’t too thin so the light doesn’t get through or so they rip easily, the colour is down to preference. 

Choosing plants when growing in grow bags 

The options really are endless, as the grow bags can be treated much the same as containers or raised beds. Flowering plants, especially annuals will soon brighten up a patio, plants for pollinators to encourage bees to your garden to help pollinate your crops or fruit and vegetables such as rhubarb, courgette, tomatoes, aubergines, potatoes, sweet potatoes, herbs and so much more!

Growing in grow bags

Care when growing in grow bags 

If you use a good quality peat free compost, you shouldn’t need to feed your plants until they are more mature. At that point using an organic liquid feed will ensure they have enough nutrients to grow. When reusing the grow bags replenish the compost when you replant. The soil will dry out fast so keeping on top of watering is really important. You may need to water daily especially in dry weather.

Overwintering your grow bags 

To keep the grow bags in good condition, move them to a sheltered area of the garden for over the winter time. Or you can empty the grow bags, clean and dry them before storing in a cool dry place until you are ready to fill them up again in spring. 

Choose from our grow bags, compost and accessories in our Derby garden centre for some spring gardening.