Starting A Vegetable Garden
Most vegetables grow best when in their optimal growing conditions. They can be grown from seeds sown directly in the soil (the seed packet or online instructions will give details).
Select a spot that gets six to eight hours of sun per day and drains well. Keep weeds to a minimum, and watch for insect pests and disease.
When it comes to soil bag planting, getting started is easy and requires only a fraction of the time needed to plant crops in the ground. All you need is a bag of soil of your choice, some scissors or a knife, a seedling or seeds, and some mulch. Before you begin cutting, determine how you want to position the soil bag in order to grow your plants. If you plan on harvesting multiple plants from a single bag, laying the bag flat on its back would give you more surface area to space out your crops. After deciding, poke holes in the bag’s side that is closest to the ground. This will allow excess water to exit the bag as you irrigate your plants, preventing overwatering. From here, move the bag to a spot outdoors that receives adequate sunlight. Cut a large hole in the bag’s top, saving at least an inch around the perimeter of the bag to help hold the soil in place. Finish by planting your seeds or seedlings, applying mulch, and watering.
Some crops fare better in bags than others. For example, root vegetables and annual flowers grow well since bags prevent root circling and help the plants’ soil aerate. More specifically, lettuce, peppers, green onions, and potatoes grow nicely inside soil bags. Herbs that perform well include basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley.