There are a ton of ways to have a weed free garden but this year we wanted to try something just a little bit different, it’s called Bag Gardening and here’s how it’s done…
What is Bag Gardening?
There are a number of reasons to plant using the “Weed Free Bag Method”, my reason was simple, Every year when I till the garden and plant root veggies, I end up with poison oak, poison ivy or cow itch.
Inevitably, during tilling, the roots of the offending plant get chopped up and while I’m digging my hands into the soil (either planting the seeds or reaping the harvest), I end up accidentally coming into contact with the beastly plants.
Easy, Weed Free Gardening
Several Bags of Topsoil (These are $1.10 at Lowes) We’re not talking about the expensive stuff folks, the cheap junk works great.
Seeds of your choice
This is so simple you’ll hardly be able to stand it. First, place the bags on a solid surface in a semi-sunny location. Here we’re choosing to use the greenhouse that we just built this year.
As you can see from the photograph, the bag is simply resting on an old piece of cattle fencing. You could use deck boards, a sawhorse with an old piece of plywood, etc.
Cut a square out of the plastic. Now, the soil inside will be mounded up. Scoop out several large handfuls out of each bag and dump it into a bucket. Dump some composted manure on top and mix it in well with the topsoil.
Reminder: Once the seeds have sprouted you will not be able to move the bags without danger of breaking or tearing the roots, so be sure that the bags are where you want them BEFORE you plant!
Transfer the mixed soil back into the bags, making them level again. Now, you could avoid the 5 minutes of “work” by using prepared potting soil, but Organic potting soil is quite pricey. This method is considerably less expensive.
Plant the seeds at the depth suggested by the package.
Water them thoroughly. Keep them moist until the seeds germinate.
Seeds germinate well because of the heat that remains in the bag even on cool evenings. Water as needed.
In a short period of time, you will have delicious lettuce greens, beets, spinach, carrots, cucumbers and so much more!
If you plan to leave the bags outside all summer, you may want to poke a few SMALL holes in the bottom of the bags for drainage. The best part about this, aside from the fact that you won’t get any itchy rashes is that the soil is reusable, be sure to rotate crops and add additional fertilizer/plant food as needed.
As soon as you harvest a row, immediately replant another row of seeds so you always have some growing throughout the entire summer.
For example, we pulled a row of beets last night for dinner, we added a couple of handfuls of fresh soil from our bucket, seeds and water. In a few weeks, they’ll be ready to harvest again.
We’ve had excellent success with Summer Squash as well! Have you tried weed-free gardening? Here’s another favorite method for planting a large Garden that is maintenance free and weed-free.