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Gardening in Bags

If you’re a gardener, chances are you’ve purchased bags of potting mix before, maybe when you needed to repot other plants.

But did you know that you can grow plants directly in the bags?

Gardening in potting mix bags is a great way to grow eye-catching plants underneath a rooty tree, or to set up a quick and easy vegetable garden.

Purchase bags at your local nursery or garden center, and cut a few drainage holes in the back side of each bag. Lay the bags flat on the ground, and then cut holes in the top of the bags to make room for the plants. Use a hose to moisten the potting mix, and then add plants.

If flowers are your favorites, try colorful annuals or perennials. Or if you prefer edibles, try growing herbs, tomatoes, or other vegetables.


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