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Bag, Barrel, and Bale Gardening

Master Gardener Presentation by Julie Alexander
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Julie Alexander Bag Gardening Bale Gardening Barrel Gardening Start with several bags of potting mix or garden soil. Line them up, long edges together, down the length of your new bed. Using a knife or sharp pair of scissors, make an opening in the top edge of each bag, leaving about 2-3 inches of border around 3 sides to hold in the mix. Fold back the flap and roll it away from the top. Do you have limited space
or a gardening
location you
don't like? Want to know how to garden without
a lot of digging, planting,
and
weeding? Your solution can be found In Bags, Barrels, and Pallets Next, poke some drainage holes along the bottom of the bag, through the potting mix.
Use a pitchfork, chop stick, or garden spade to do this. Next, plant your seeds or transplants at their appropriate depth in each bag, spacing them according to each plant's recommended spacing. Put plants that like the same watering requirements together. Smaller plants can be placed 3-4 per bag.
Large plants, like squash and tomatoes, no more than 2 per bag. Some communities are going to bag
gardens to fight hunger and introduce
fresh vegetables to inner-city areas. In areas where the soil is not easily farmed
due to drought and deforestation, bag gardens
are being used to provide food for entire villages. You can purchase straw bales from many local feed stores for about 8-10 bucks a bale in the summer and fall months.
Set them out in the yard where you want them, and get them soaking wet. Top each bale with about a cup of an ammonium-rich fertilizer, such as ammonium nitrate or ammonium sulfate. to jump-start the decomposition process. Water, Water, Water. Soak the bales as often as you can, keeping them moist. The temperature in the bales will shoot up around 90+ degrees (depending on the external weather temp, and then eventually drop back down into the low 70's when they're ready to plant. Things I've grown in bales:
Tomatoes, squash, kale, greens, turnips, carrots, potatoes, eggplant, Swiss chard, green onions, flowers, peas. http://homefixated.com/barrel-garden/ Write this down! Clean out your barrel. Make sure it didn't once hold any gene-altering chemicals in it, or your taters might look a little WEIRD, ya hear? Drill holes along the bottom edge
and underneath the barrel for drainage.
I used a 3/8 inch bit. Using a reciprocal saw, cut off the top of the barrel.
Then mark lines along the outside of the barrel, about 6 inches wide spaced about a foot apart up and down the barrel. Cut the slits open with a circular saw set to a depth just deeper than the thickness of the barrel. Using a heat gun, go back and forth along the bottom edge of each cut to soften it. Ram a wooden wedge into each heated hole
so that the plastic sets with the mouth of
each hole open at the base. Don't touch it! Place a piece of 3-inch PVC pipe into the center of the barrel, with holes drilled in it along the length of the pipe. This is how you will get water to the plants at the bottom of the barrel. You can even grow on top of a concrete
slab if you have one, just line up the bales
on top of it. Just make sure you can keep it well-watered. Bales, Bag, Bale, Barrel &
Pallet Gardening Pallet Gardening To make a pallet garden, first find an old, tossed pallet. Many businesses give these
away for free or they are trashed. Next, staple weed barrier landscape fabric
or landscape felt to the back and sides of the pallet to keep the soil from washing out of it. Then add your garden soil, and
your plants or seeds
to the pallet in the open spaces.
Water them in . After a couple of weeks,
turn your pallet garden upright
once the plants' roots have
established well. Gardening can happen in
small spaces, really wet
or dry places,
and with very little money
involved. You just have to be creative,
put DOWN the shovel, and
pick up some of these ideas instead. Happy Gardening ! So you really don't have
to do a lot of digging, weeding,
and work to have a beautiful,
sustainable garden. Cherry Tomatoes Eggplants grow great in
wheatbales. Cherokee Purple
Heirloom tomatoes Ornamental Sweet Potato Various Sweet Potato Vines
and flowers, trellised into bales Why not an arbor of tomatoes? Ornamental Red Basil Plant the holes with transplants of lettuce, strawberries, herbs, etc., as you fill each level with
potting soil. (I used Pro Mix potting mix.) Barrel Gardens are good for
planting potatoes, as long as
you maintain good drainage. Enlist
Helpers.
This is
Rachel. Plant seed potato
pieces, with a few "eyes"
on each one, about 4-6 inches
deep at the bottom of the barrel. Water them in well, and cover. Rebecca likes to water things,
so this is usually her job. The barrel method also applies to wicker
baskets, whiskey barrels, anything deep
you can use as a container with good
drainage. Barrels are good for
handicap accessibility. Earth-tainers are another
method similar to barrel gardening.
There's a PDF guide online how to
build them yourself from Rubbermaid
bins, tomato cages, and simple
hardware items. Recycled grocery totes
that may have broken
handles make good
bag gardens. Presentation by
Piney Hills
Louisiana
Master Gardener
Julie Alexander
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