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Planting in grow bags

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Grow bags were originally developed for commercial tomato growers but have rapidly become popular with amateur gardeners. They are not just ideal for tomatoes but other crops too such as peppers, aubergines and even potatoes and you can use them in the greenhouse or a sunny spot outdoors.

Of all the forms of container gardening, these are by far the best value for money, and some people even buy them for the compost and use it in pots or window boxes.

For the best results from your grow bag you should never let it dry out, this can mean watering it at least once a day, sometimes more if it’s particularly hot. There are plenty of easy grow systems on the market (water reservoir supply and moisture to the grow bag) so they would only need be topped up every fortnight or so, promoting strong, even growth.

Add a few seeds of Nasturtium

Another advantage of grow bags is that root bounding will not happen in them. Here if a root reaches the wall of the bag, it will be “burned” off, prompting the plant to continually generate new and strong branching roots, this is also called air-pruning.

If like me you find the bright patterns on the bags bit distracting, you can disguise it by placing a few small pots of bedding plants or herbs around the edge alternatively, add a few seeds of Nasturtium or a couple of trailing lobelias when planting they’ll soon cover the unattractive plastic.

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