No one says you have to spend a lot of money to grow some of you own food and veggies at home. As much as I love the convenience and consistency of my hydroponic setup I also like to experiment and test out other ways to grow herbs and veggies.
So with that in mind I set out to explore several options for you to try and will be running periodic articles featuring many of these low tech, homemade solutions using easy to find materials that you can all try out. They also make great experiments for kids.
This first one is about as low tech and cheap as it gets and uses those reusable bags you get from the grocery store – or what I now call ‘Growcery Bags’. I also tried (and actually preferred) the smaller wine bags as they have four dividers in which you can use to plant a selection of herbs.
Here’s what you will need:
- A reusable grocery bag
- Organic potting soil
- Seeds or plants
I also helped my plants out with the addition of worm castings from my worm compost along with periodic feedings (every 3-4 weeks) of a little worm tea. You could use your plant food of choice such as fish fertilizer, bone meal, blood meal etc. I use worm compost as it’s basically free from my worm bin. I also added perlite to the bottom half of the bags to minimize the amount of potting soil needed and to help drainage.
I planted bush basil and chives in mine this summer and will be adding more herbs as the weather cools down (I am in Florida). I’m thinking a pepper plant (Serrano or similar) would be fun in the larger bag and adding cilantro and parsley to the smaller wine bags will make for a good selection to have on hand for cooking. But you should plant what you are going to eat.
After a couple of months of Florida summer heat, rain and humidity the bags did pretty well. One developed a tear and a little mold but that’s easy to fix by just replanting in a new bag.
Give it a try. Plant something.“Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.” ~Simon Sinek