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Grow Bags Are The Fabric Of Our Lives

Never have I had such an accommodating vessel in the garden. Some might be thinking a pot is a pot, and if you feel like using old yogurt containers to house your plants, so be it. Reduce, re-use, and recycle; I get it. But allow me to sing the praises of the fabric grow bags.

Happy Roots

I have made it a habit to use a 7-gallon fabric grow bag early in my gardening career. Right off the bat, it offers you the best drainage possible for any container on the planet. Root rot is impossible since moisture never gets a chance to sit and collect; this is especially helpful when you have to water through the root zone and test the Ph and PPM of your water runoff. The bag allows the roots and medium to aerate optimally and acts like the plant is in soil, which is good for the root zone. Happy roots, happy plant.

Moving Day

Every grow bag has handles that allow you to move your chosen cultivar in and out of the sun as you see fit. So your plant can enjoy the morning sun and then move to the other side of the house to enjoy the afternoon sun. You can also move any potentially illegal cultivars to new locations if you suddenly feel exposed. It’s understood that every pot is essentially portable, but these lightweight grow bags are ideal in my eyes. I’m getting old, and I can’t be moving 30 gallons of medium in a stone pot across the property.

On The Cheap

Grow bags

You don’t need to spend a bunch of money to achieve the same effect as a store-bought fabric grow bag. These containers will run you around $30 for a pack of eight. If you are frugal like me, you are looking for a free hack. Enter your local grocery store or Walmart. The fabric bags offered for under a dollar work just as well. Of course, you won’t have such a sleek-looking garden while advertising for your local grocery store. But these bags are sometimes made of recycled materials, which satisfies my internal environmentalist. I don’t know how they manage to turn a plastic bottle into a shopping bag, but I’m here for it. If the bag you are upcycling smells like your dinner from last week, perhaps find a fresh one.

Keep It Clean

The one drawback is with constant use, the bags will develop stains and deposits, which need to be rinsed out from time to time. This is especially true if you use nutrients and supplements to achieve melon-sized tomatoes. Plastic pots only last two seasons if exposed to direct sunlight and are generally abused. Some of my grow bags are in their fourth year, and I grow 365 days a year. Now that’s durable.

We are well into the season here at Oneton farms, and the pots and grow bags are full and brimming with life. If the zucchini need a little shade, we can easily walk them to a shady part of the rock garden. Are the squirrels taking advantage of a free buffet? Let’s move those suckers inside, so daddy doesn’t have to break out the rifle. Finally, are the cops coming? Move that lightweight grow bag onto the roof!

I suggest digging around for a fabric bag to toss some plants in. See if it’s a good fit. It might change your garden game for the better. Happy growing my little garden gnomes.

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Regi Oneton is a multi-disciplinary artist and daytime Executive. A member of Socan since his first Album release at the age of 20. Self-taught audio engineer and self-proclaimed studio rat. A late-blooming street artist and painter whose works can be found hanging in the offices of Burton and Vans Canada. Long-time contributor to the Under Pressure Graffiti Festival and lover of the Arts. As the years plow forward, he has added botanical enthusiast/plant father to his litany of passions. His interests include writing and spending too much time looking at his phone.