Grow Bags Installation Guide
Why are grow bags superior to traditional grow containers?
One of the biggest benefits of fabric pots over the traditional hard containers is improved aeration. ECOgardner's grow bags are made of a breathable fabric, which provides superior drainage and aeration. The high rate of aeration causes the roots of your plants to naturally prune themselves through a process called “air-pruning”. This means that the grow bags can prevent plants from getting root bound. Instead of the roots getting bound and tangled, they naturally “burn” themselves off. This action causes the energy that would have been binding the root ball to go towards growing new healthy roots elsewhere. This results in a longer growing season, more flowers, and fruits or vegetables.
Highly Compact and Portable
Aeration is not all though. ECOgardner's Grow Bags are highly portable and store away much better than traditional grow containers such as plastic or terra cotta pots. In fact, over 35, 5-gallon containers can fit in a single square foot container, that is about the size of one and a half five-gallon buckets. Compare that to a stack of 35 five gallon buckets!
Built to Last
ECOgardener's pots are double stitched, made of heavy material, and built to last. When properly maintained, ECOgardener's fabric grow bags can easily last 5 years. Simply empty out at the end of the season, clean with a garden hose, dry, fold, and store.
ECOgardener's grow bags are 100% BPA free.
How to Use
Like all garden containers, ECOgardener's grow bags are super easy to use. The only thing you need is a good potting mix, and some plants or seeds.
Preparing the Soil
You can either buy some potting soil from your local garden store or nursery, or you can make your own at home.
Here are two simple recipes:
Simple Potting Soil
• 1 Part Compost
• 1 Part Peat Moss or Coconut fiber
• 1 Part Vermiculite or Perlite
Whichever recipe you chose all you have to do is measure out the ingredients, and pour them into a mixing space. Five-gallon containers or buckets work well for portioning the ingredients. As you measure the ingredients out, dump them onto a tarp. Once you have measured out the ingredients, mix them thoroughly.
Growing your plants!
When you have your mix ready, its time to fill up your containers and start growing!
Like any other pots, you can choose to start your plants from seeds or purchase starters from your local nursery. Whichever you choose, you will want to be sure to select the right size for your pot.
Here are some of the recommended sizes for growing:
1 Gallon Containers: Perfect for Growing
• Small herbs (cilantro, parsley, chives, etc.)
• Small flowers
• Single Pepper plants
• Perfect for indoor gardening
3 Gallon Containers:
• Leafy Greens
• Herbs Small and large (cilantro, parsley, chives, basil etc.)
5 Gallon Containers:
• Large bunches of herbs
• Leafy Greens
• Multiple Pepper plants
7 Gallon and 10" Containers:
• Leafy Greens
• Medicinal herbs and plants.
• Small decorative bushes and shrubs
• Small fruiting trees (Lemon, Lime, Avocado, etc.
10 Gallon and 12” Containers:
• Bushes and Shrubs around 4 feet in height.
Watering Your Plants
As with all potted plants, more specifically with fabric bags, regular watering is important. Due to the aeration of the grow bags, it is nearly impossible to over water your plants, your main focus should be on regular watering.
Recommended Watering Practices:
• When temperatures are above 80 degrees you should water your containers at least every two days.
• When temperatures approach the mid 90's you should water on a daily basis.
• During cooler weeks and months watering twice a week should be sufficient.
Even if it rains you should water your pots on a regular basis. Unlike garden beds and lawns, most of the water that falls from rain will not actually enter the pot. Because of this, you should maintain your regular watering schedule, even when it rains. You can either water your plants individually with a hose or watering container or try one of these options.
A watering container underneath:
With this method, you will simply need a container that can hold one or multiple pots at a time. This can be a small pool, a pond, a plastic storage bin or even something you make on your own. Simply fill up the watering container and put your pots inside. You can then either rotate the plants out or have separate water containers for each. This method is easy but may take up more space. If you choose this system, be sure to leave a majority of the pot exposed to the air. Here is a good example:
Self Watering Bottles:
This old-school method of watering is straightforward and uses recycled products. Simply take plastic or glass containers, fill them up with water, and place them upside down in each individual pot. This type of watering is simple to set up and can supply water to your plants for a few days at a time. Be sure to refill the containers with water as needed. 1-gallon water or milk jugs work perfectly for this.
Drip irrigation is one of the most effective ways to distribute water. It can be a little bit of a hassle to set up, but in the end, it will save you time and water. Drip systems are fairly straightforward to install, and with a simple water timer, you will never have to worry again about watering your plants on time.
Fertilizing your soil:
Due to the constrained space in a growing container, it is a wise idea to add nutrients back into the pots throughout the growing season. Some great fertilizers are bone meal, eggshells, Epsom salts, biochar, bat guano, fish, and seaweed, etc. Alternatively, you can use a prepackaged fertilizer mix such as those offered by Dr. Earth, Medina, or Espoma. More on organic fertilizer here:
Maintaining your pots:
At the end of the season its time to put away your containers. Simply:
1. Empty the soil into your compost
2. Rinse the bag out with a hose
3. Dry thoroughly
4. Fold and store in a dry location.
Following these simple steps will preserve your investment for years to come