Grow Bags divide tomato growers.
Provide an all in one, convenient container for 2 or 3 tomato plants
Result in uneven water distribution and unsatisfactory root space.
One way to overcome potential drawbacks with grow bags is to upend and halve them, resulting in narrower but deeper bags.
I gave it a try.
- Standard Size Grow Bag
- Empty Plastic Drinks Bottle, bottom and lid removed
- Flip and fold the bag backwards and forwards where the divide will be to move the compost away from the middle.
- Stand folded bag on its ends.
- Cut across top of fold.
- Push compost back down into either side.
- Cut across bottom of fold.
- Bag is now in two halves.
- Compost compacts, so empty into holding container and break up.
- Snip/pierce holes in base of bag for drainage holes.
- Place bag in position.
- Return compost to bag to provide bottom layer.
- Add bottomless water bottle.
- Put in cane.
- Add tomato plant.
- Tie plant to cane.
- Return rest of compost to bag around tomato plant.
- Water through the bottle, checking it drains through.
I included the watering bottle to direct water down to the base as it’s now quite a deep container. However it looks crowded!
I’ve put 4 plants into upended grow bags but am not sure about them. The bag doesn’t sit right and the plant doesn’t look very at home. I don’t have the option to secure the cane into the ground but that might’ve anchored it . The whole thing look a bit makeshift.
So 1st impressions not great but I’ll stick with them and see how the tomatoes do .