By Vanessa Richins
Perhaps you don’t have access to a tiller to prepare your vegetable bed, or time to till.
Maybe you live in a place without much land to begin with.
One way you can still grow tomatoes is simply by planting them straight into the soil bag.
Soil bags work well because you can just place them on top of your garden – no tilling and amending needed. In fact, at the end of the season, you can take your tomato plant out and spread the potting soil over your garden area to help make the existing soil better for later planting.
1) Start by buying your potting soil carefully. Since tomatoes like to have deep roots, pick a bag that is thicker, like the 3 cu. feet ones.
2) Next, take a screwdriver or pair of scissors and make some holes in the bottom for drainage.
3) Flip the bag over and use scissors or a box cutter to remove most of the top plastic.
4) If starting seeds, take a thin layer of soil off, plant a few seeds, then lightly cover with the soil you removed. You will eventually want to have just one plant per bag for optimal root space.
5) Make a hole and place your tomato plant. Tamp the soil gently around it and you are set to go.
6) You can place mulch on top of the soil to help add nutrients, keep the soil temperature more even, and keep weeds down.
Have you ever grown plants directly in the potting soil bag?