How to make a sack gardenprint resource
Posted by: Anoop Jain
Level: easy Date Added: September 05, 2011
Below is the all the information you need to create your own sack gardens. With the produce from these planters, you and your family will become healthier, stronger, and more energetic. For support, contact Deep Jyoti. Happy growing!
Materials for one garden:
- 1 sack
- Enough small (approx. 2-4 cm long) rocks to fill ¼ of the sack
- Empty can with diameter ¼ the length of the sack’s
- 40 seedlings
- Enough fertile soil (soil mixed with manure or other fertilizer) to fill sack
Setting up your garden:
- Roll down the sides of the sack so that the sides are only as high as the can is.
- Place the can on the middle of the sack’s bottom. Fill it to the top with rocks.
- Pack the soil gently around the can, then pull the can out carefully, leaving the rocks behind. Repeat the process, rolling the sides up as you go.
- Stop when the soil level is 10 cm below the top of the sack and roll the sack slightly so that the soil does not fall out.
- Spinach is a cool season crop so it should be planted from when the temperature is 4°C-24°C, generally between early November to early March.
- Use a knife or pair of scissors to make slits in the sides of the sack about 15 cm apart.
- Gently plant the seedlings in the slits and the top of the sack. All heavy plants (like peppers or tomatoes) must be planted in the top.
- Water the sack thoroughly, pouring into the middle of the top of the sack (above the rock spine).
- Place in full sun or part shade.
- Water (waste water is fine) the garden daily, making sure that the soil is always moist. Weed often and watch out for bugs or animals that might eat the plants.
- Harvesting Spinach:
- As soon as individual leaves are around 12cm long, pinch the leaves off at the base and leave the rest for later.
- Rotate through the three gardens, harvesting one at a time.
- Wash leaves well before eating.
- Continue like this until the weather heats up. The plant will go to seed and dry out. When the plant is dead, remove it from the sack and remove seeds. Save for next season.
Reusing the garden:
To start a new planting season, remove all soil and stones from sack. Repeat the steps for “setting up your garden” using new soil or after mixing the old soil with fertilizer/manure.
Spinach has been most successful in sack gardens, but tomatoes, kale, and other leafy greens are also viable options.
- Spacing: 60cm, plant in top of sack only. When transplanting, plant so that the soil level is just below the lowest leaves.
- Full sun
- Must use stakes to support vines, tying gently.
- Water regularly, but soil should never be muddy.
- Harvest when tomatoes are red and slightly soft
- Remove plant when it stops bearing fruit.
- To collect seeds, slice tomato in half, squeeze seeds and gel out onto a dish. Let sit for 3 days, and then add water and swirl. The seeds that sink are good for next year. Dry thoroughly and save.
- Temperature: 7°C-30°C
- Season: cold
- Spacing: 30cm apart
- All other aspects: like spinach
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