Growing Food in Grocery Bags
– Colle and Phyllis Davis
Free tutorial to grow food to feed your family. Affordable and Fun!
If you’ve been following our theme this summer, we’ve been offering alternatives to aquaponics to grow food to feed your family with AFFORDABLE AND SIMPLE methods. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FREE TUTORIAL FOR GROWING FOOD IN A GROW TUB. (A few images of these grow tubs at bottom of this article).
You will love this easy method for growing food in grocery bags. You can put these bags on a small table on your patio or porch and reuse the bag when the plants are harvested.
- Seeds: We recommend you try growing lettuce, cabbage, Swiss Chard, kale, basil, radishes, turnips and even potatoes. If you grow a plant that is top heavy like tomatoes, cucumbers, or beans. Note: Blooming plants (as I just listed) require far more care including trellis care and far more water than growing basic greens.
- Grocery sacks (the thin plastic bags used in many stores to bag groceries). A second grocery sack to wrap around bottom of the first bag with soil or a cheap (hotel style) shower cap you can get a dollar-type-stores.
- Table must have slats (space between boards) for the water to drain out of the bag. The table shown in the picture is 3’x4′ and will hold about 20 grocery sacks.
- Potting soil or slightly sandy garden soil.
- 6-hours of direct sunlight per day. In the spring, fall and winter, you can extend the day length from 4pm to 7pm with the use of LED (red/blue spectrum) grow lights. Or you can grow in your garage by using a grow light 18 hours per day. Example, here’s a $20 grow-light strip from Walmart.
- Shade cloth in extreme sun exposures. Last week, the farms (pictures below) on this page needed shade to protect the young plants and seedlings from 100-degree F. we are currently experiencing here in Central Virginia. On the first day of the heatwave, Colle and I got up before sunrise and searched the basement for a box of gauze drapes we had stored there. We used the drapes as a temporary sunshade to protect our gardens during this intense heatwave. The plants responded immediately and perked up.
- During our mild Virginia winter months, we are going to wrap our new ‘grocery bag structure’ in clear plastic to protect it from the cold. We will also use a space heater on the ground (on a timer for intermittent power) underneath the table if the temperatures drop.
- We also sprinkled our world-famous FF Mineral Rock Dust on the seedlings and the plants to provide them with ample amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
(Pictures below) Grow Table Tubs for Above Ground German Growing Method, Hugelkultur. 75% of these tubs are filled with dried trees and mulch as a nutrient source for the plants.
The cost of this garden was approximately $100 for the materials. You can prepare the parts and then assemble it anywhere that receives six hours of direct sunlight. Some vegetables require less sunlight, but most like lots of sunshine.