This weekend I ordered more dirt and filled up my larger fabric “pot” to create a raised garden for some tomatoes and basil. The smaller one in my photo is planted with beans, and next to that I have used one for growing potatoes. What I love about a raised bed is the fact that there is plenty of good dirt for the roots of the plants. I guess that is one of the great things about a raised bed. Digging in the ground means creating layers of great dirt, over time – and it can take a while if the dirt under the garden is fill dirt, or something else that is not good for growing.
My house was built on the side of a big hill. Fill dirt was brought in to make the site level, as often happens. Fill dirt, is usually sandy stuff and that is what I find when I dig down a few inches in my back yard. You can see that there is little growing in the spot of yard where I put this bag. I used the loam mix that was delivered from Agway along with my own compost and added a little bonemeal, so I know that my plants are in good soil.
This garden has four tomato plants with some basil and one Italian oregano plant. I don’t know if four tomatoes are too many for this space, but I have other tomatoes planted in the ground too. In fact I made another raised bed using cinder-blocks and set that up out front where there is more sun.
That is the great thing about using these fabric pots and gardens – set them up anywhere! Find a sunny spot and add a little vegetable garden. They have allowed me the chance to plant more while I continue to expand my gardens in the ground.
If these black pots can be used year after year, the investment will be worth it. I don’t know much about them at all. Can they stay up all winter, or will I have to empty it and store it? If they don’t last, I will stick to the smaller ones only.