2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Reusable Sacks An Easy Way To Garden
Some gardeners have already been planting directly into bags of potting soil that are laid on the ground and cut open. Park says his sacks are sturdier, last longer (up to 4 or 5 years) and are easier to water and maintain. Plus they come with heavy-duty plastic handles that make it easy to move them.
“Vegetables do well in them and we’ve had strawberries growing in the same sacks for 3 years and they’re still going strong,” Park says.
The stretchable geo sacks are tubes secured with a zip tie and carrying handle on one end. Once it is filled with soil, another zip tie and handle close off the other end. You cut small holes in the top to plant seedlings.
The smallest sacks are 8 in. dia., 3 ft. long and weigh about 35 lbs. with soil that has been watered. They’re ideal for herbs and greens and shallow-rooted flowers and vegetables. The largest sacks are 15-in. by 4-ft. and are large enough to grow crops such as corn and beans.
Because the bags are permeable, they can be set up with sprinkler or drip watering systems, Park says. Fertilizer can also be added to the bags when filled with soil and throughout the season.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Hong Park, 13605 Memorial Parkway S.W., Huntsville, Ala. 35803 (ph 256 650-4644 or 256 533-6700; www.sackgarden.com).
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