If you’re a gardener, there’s a good chance one of your friends has mentioned they use grow bags. Or perhaps you’ve seen them demonstrated on TV. Now, you’re thinking it’s about time you checked them out. Grow bags can be very beneficial and make planting and growing virtually any plant a lot easier.
To kick things off, a grow bag is just what its name suggests: a bag in which you fill with soil then grow your plants in.
They are normally made from pretty thick fabric to hold the plant and soil together, but the fabric is also breathable. They come in lots of different shapes, heights, and widths to make them easier to cater for your specific use case.
Why Grow in Grow Bags
Since grow bags are made of breathable fabric, they offer far superior aeration and drainage capabilities as compared to traditional pots and containers.
In fact, this is the most distinct advantage grow bags possess over other types of growing containers. Plastic and ceramic containers present a constrained environment. Add to this, a less than ideal aeration, the plant signals itself to produce more roots, which results in a root-bound plant.
Many times, the plant ends up dying since the mass of roots fills the container with nowhere else to expand to.
Root bounding doesn’t happen when growing bags are used. When the roots eventually reach the inner walls of the bag, it interacts with the bag in such a way that the wall simply falls off, allowing the roots to produce new roots that branch healthily outwards.
This is usually referred to as air-pruning and is an easy way to ensure your plants are always healthy.
The Alternative: Galvanized Beds
The other alternative to using grow bags is using galvanized beds.
One of the main advantages galvanized beds presents is weed control. Since they are in an isolated environment, weeds have a pretty hard time infesting your stash.
Aside from which, raised beds also give you finer control over the kind of environment your plants grow in. This way, it’s a lot easier to control the amount of water and fertilizer your plants get. Of course, it’s also a lot easier to keep weeds out this way,
Grow bags do have the advantage of enabling you to create an illusion of having a raised bed if you choose to place your set of bags in the shape of a rectangle.
They don’t need any costly and time-consuming construction, either, and you can shape them to your specific desires. They are still prone to pests, however, so if parasites are a problem in your area, you’ll be better off investing in a bed.
Galvanized beds are pretty beautiful, and since they can be raised to whatever height you want, they will go pretty easy on your back and knees.
However, they do have their own distinct set of disadvantages. The main one of these is that you will suddenly have far less gardening space than you started with. You won’t be able to plant the same number of plants as compared to just using rows and columns.