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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Just hanging around.

Early this morning before getting out of bed, thoughts of gardening were swirling inside my head, and I was thinking how cool it would be, to put a bracket on each of the four corners of my new vegetable garden, and hang planters full of flowers on them.
"Light bulb Moment!" I remember buying some planters at the thrift store, a couple of years ago, now where did I put them? After spending some time searching, I unearthed the bags from down in the basement, and said to myself, goody! I have four bags, one for each corner. Upon reading the information on the front of one of the packages, I was delighted to read that each packet held
three grow bags. Wow! now I have 12 grow bags to fill with flowers, herbs or whatever I desire. Not only will I have enough planters to brighten up the vegetable garden, but there will be enough to hang near the front entrance to the house.

I have no idea how these are going to work out, but I am about to find out.

The instructions say to use soil less potting compost, which is the same as seed starting mix, which I have plenty of, so all I need now are the plants. I intend on starting some of my own, in small peat pots as this will cut down on the cost, and I am thinking, I may buy a few strawberry plants, to try in one of the bags. Have any of you used this growing method before? if so, please let me know how it worked out for you.

Naturally, the brackets to hold the grow bags are going to be on the inside of the garden fence, as I am not creating a restaurant for the deer, who wander past the garden. I also have plans to put some kind of cap or finial, on top of the fence posts to give then a finished look. Just because it is a vegetable garden, does not mean it can't look pleasing to the eye. You should see the brightly colored tomato cages I bought last year. I will have photos of them at a later date. Another chore to be accomplished now that we have finished constructing the garden, is to tidy up the mess on the outside of the garden


gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That sounds like a great idea. I've never tried the grow bags before. I think the vegetable garden deserves to look just as nice as the rest of the garden!
It'll be fun to see how they look.
I remember seeing on another blog someone asking about growing strawberries from a hanging planter. I think they would look really pretty.

blossom said...

Gotta see this. Post those pictures you promise, KeeWee. (Later, of course!) And you have deers passing by. Gotta see those, too. wow ...

Gardeness said...

Oh, I can't wait to see how these do for you. I think they're a cool idea but have never tried them myself.

Anonymous said...

I've never tried them either. I've seen them at nurseries, bedecked in deer dinner. :) They're very showy and once the plants fill in you don't see the bag at all.

Good luck, KeeWee and please do post photos!

Peggy said...

Hi Keewee,thanks for visiting my blog and being so kind as to comment. I have used these hanging bags for a few years and they do give a great display, especially with Impatiens (busy Lizzie) The only problem I have found is watering them.If you just water from the top the water spills out through the next hole and it does not get down to the end plants.I pushed a short plastic pipe down through the back of the compost and it helps the water to reach to the end of the bag. I love the yellow handles on your tools as I suffer from the same problem!