I've heard really good things about grow bags/fabric pots. I guess they are especially good for potatoes and tomatoes. I was pleasantly surprised last week when one of my blog readers, Jessica from Bountiful Back Yard, contacted me with the offer of a gift of one of her specialty fabric grow pots. Of course, I accepted....who doesn't love gifts!
The fabric pot soon arrived at Granny's house, and as luck would have it, I had some pots of herbs that could be moved to make room for it right smack dab in the middle of the garden. Since her pots all have cute designs, with gardening motifs, I wanted it to be the center of attention.
See the grow pot, right there in the center of the garden! It shows up much better when it isn't practically dark outside!
Of course, my 20 gallon fabric pot is sitting empty in the garden, waiting for a bag of potting mix, but here is Jessica's photo of what it looks like with something actually growing in it.
I've already decided it will hold sweet potatoes next year, as the soil will stay warmer than in the whiskey barrel where the sweets are now growing. But I want to plant something in it this year! At first I thought I'd do carrots, as it would be nematode free (unlike my garden soil). Then the weather man came on and forecast triple digit temperatures beginning next week. I really think carrots, loving cool weather, would not be a great choice for this time of the year. After giving it a lot of thought, I think I'll go for cucumbers. I can either do a bush variety, or I can plant pickling cucumbers and let them vine out over the sides. I'll probably decide on bush, as I don't really need more pickles. We'll be eating those that were canned in 2010 for probably the next five years!
So....stay tuned to see how Granny's Grow Pot performs, and I hope I can do Jessica proud. In the meantime, be sure to check out all of her cute designs at her Etsy Shop!