One of the things my son wanted most for his birthday this year was a small garden area of his own so he could grow strawberries. I didn’t want to part with one of the raised beds my husband built me, and I also wanted to keep the expense down.
After watching one of my favorite YouTube channels GrowYourGreens talk about Grow Bags, I knew it would be perfect for what I needed!
This thing is basically what it looks to be – a big fabric bed you just roll out and fill with soil and plant! It comes in three sizes – “mini” provides 3.1 feet of growing space; “junior” provides 7.1 feet; and “original” provides 13.5 feet!
These would be perfect if…
- You’re not sure gardening is right for you and don’t want to commit to a permanent structure.
- You don’t have the budget to build a big garden.
- You’re renting or in a temporary living situation.
- You want to expand an existing garden.
- You want to give your kids a growing space of their own.
- Etc. etc. etc.
I decided to go with the “junior” size, which provides 7.1 feet of growing space and takes just under 6 cubic feet of soil to fill.
Here’s the bag, before filled with dirt. As you can see – no tools needed! It’s ready to go.
Set it on as level ground as you can muster and fill the bag with dirt. Pouring the dirt in the middle and then spreading out ensures the easiest time filling. I used some dirt and rocks I had on hand for the very bottom and then used two bags of organic potting soil (1.5 cu ft each) and one bag of organic compost (1.5 cu ft) and that did the trick.
While it’s easy to say, “Hey! Here’s an inexpensive raised bed!” I think it’s also worth noting that the soil, amendments (if any) and compost will likely cost as much if not more than the bed. I spent $30 on the soil + compost and then $30 on the bed. So that’s a $60 investment all together. Still not bad, in my book, for an instant raised bed!
My son wanted strawberries, and we planted 8 in this grow bag (he turned 8 this year, so it seemed fitting!).
According to the reviews on Amazon, you could grow many, many different kinds of fruits and veggies in one of these things….
- Salad Greens
- Flowers or Bulbs
My daughter is now asking for one for her birthday next month so she can fill it with flowers!
If you are interested in purchasing, you can head on over to Amazon where all three sizes are sold. This item has an average 4.5 star rating after 46 customer reviews. According to the product description and reviews, these bags should last about 2 or 3 years.
You might want to watch this video from GrowingYourGreens to learn more about these big bag beds along with some great tips about getting started growing in a raised bed garden. In the video, he uses the original size, so you can get a fill for the size as compared to the junior one I went with. He’s always fun to watch because he’s super passionate about growing your own food!