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Vegetables on Your Balcony? It’s in the Bag!

Vegetable garden in a bag of soil on a balcony.

You don’t need a pot to start a vegetable garden on your balcony or terrace. You can grow vegetables and herbs directly in a bag of potting soil! And it’s so easy! 

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Place the bag of soil on a flat surface.

2. Punch several dozen holes in the bag with a fork or screwdriver. These holes will serve as drainage holes to allow any excess water to drain out.

3. Flip the bag over so that the drainage holes are now facing down.

4. Cut a rectangle of plastic out of the top of the bag, leaving the sides intact. 

5. Sow or transplant your vegetables and herbs, according to their usual spacing (example, there is room in a typical 18 liter/19 quart bag for 2 tomatoes, 4 peppers, 16 lettuces, etc.).

6. Water well.

Helpful Hint: A bag of potting soil holds less water than a large container garden and will therefore need more frequent watering.

And there you go! Just give your “bag garden” routine care and you’ll soon be harvesting fresh, delicious vegetables and herbs!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1 comment on “Vegetables on Your Balcony? It’s in the Bag!

  1. In an apartment building, the guy downstairs might not like this.

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