We kick this off with a simple fact, nothing lasts forever. That being said, therefore, your grocery bag will not last forever. And in today’s world that encourages reuse and recycling as well as healthy living, it is expected that you find a way to reuse your worn out grocery bag. Alternatively, you can purchase a cheap grocery bag if you do not have one already to bring your vegetable garden idea to life. A great way to do this is converting your grocery bag into a vegetable garden; talk about killing two birds with one stone.
This idea is also great as it saves your money and space and also helps in conserving the environment by using reusable bag. It is especially feasible if you live in an urban setting where space is a luxury (if you may). You can easily place these vegetable bags anywhere from your balcony to your porch as you seek to squeeze out any of your constricted space. With this simple gardening solution, you will also definitely cut down on your food costs around the house since you do not have to buy a lot of vegetables. You will also definitely eat healthier as you dodge those heavily treated vegetables out there that may pose health risks over time.
Now that we are in agreement (hopefully) that this is a great idea for you and the environment, let us get right into how to set up your vegetable garden from a grocery bag.
1. Secure the bag
In this case, we do mean secure the grocery bag(s) literally. Your space and your vegetable need will often dictate how many grocery bags you need for your project. If you have space, these grocery bags cannot be too much as you can always sell the extra vegetables if any. The grocery bags you intend to use on your vegetable garden need to be usable; not too worn out. It defeats the purpose if your vegetable garden will start falling apart on its own only a short time after setup.
2. Gather equipment
For this step, prior research has to be done. Different kinds of vegetables need different agricultural inputs. But there are some common inputs that we all need without consideration of any specific vegetables. Some of these inputs include: potting soil, seeds or splints, and bases. The bases, in this case, are where you rest your grocery bags to avoid staining the surroundings. No one wants to stain their white tiles on the balcony. And again, growing vegetables does not always have to be a messy job. Conduct your research inline with the type of vegetable you desire to grow. Do not overlook ecological conditions as well. Know what vegetables work well in your area. Some of the most common and popular vegetables that are grown in grocery bags include tomatoes, green vegetables, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Some fruits also do well in these setups.
3. ‘Create’ the garden
It is now time to get your hands dirty. Your vegetable garden vision at this point will start taking shape. Bore drainage holes around your grocery bag for better water flow. This also prevents waterlogging that may cause fungal infections to your crop in the long run. At this point, your grocery bag garden should be in a position to avoid unnecessary movement before the actual planting. Do not overfill your grocery bag with soil as the crop will need space to grow into. Again, all this should always be done with the vegetable you intend to grow firmly rooted at the back of your head. Every decision you make from this point forward should be centered on this specific vegetable.
Putting seeds into the soil is the first real step in gardening. This marks a great step in setup and startup of your grocery bag garden. Seedlings and splints can also be used for vegetable propagation. Expect the vegetables to start showing up after about a week or so. At this stage, they are delicate and should be well looked after to prevent them from dying right at their youngest stage.
5. Care for your crop
Alive and growing, your grocery bag garden needs tender love and care. Monitor your vegetables as they grow and reap fruits. Some fruits and vegetables need a little more attention than others. This attention ranges from watering cycles to weeding. Some vegetables may require you to eliminate the first flowers for a better harvest. Conduct enough research to help you through this stage as it is one of the most important processes in creating your grocery bag vegetable garden.
You reap what you sow, they said. When your vegetables are finally ready to harvest, you will appreciate the process. Most vegetables are not perennial crops and so you will harvest your crop for several times before its life comes to an end. Depending on your success rate on this grocery bag garden, you can opt to expand even further. Just imagine the convenience of having vegetables right outside your door, saves you a lot of money and time. And let us not forget the fuel for the hop into a grocery store. In the end, your grocery bag will still be carrying your groceries, technically.