You’ll probably never guess what I am growing in a recyclable bag…

So what made me think of growing lettuce in a grocery bag?
Well, it wasn’t my idea.  I actually saw an article about it and thought it would be fun to try in my own garden and share with you.
Here is how I did it:
I took my recyclable grocery bag and made a few little holes on the bottom, using scissors, for drainage.
Then I placed the bag where I wanted in the garden.  It is hard to move after you fill it with soil.
I filled the bag with planting mix and then planted my lettuce transplants.  Of course, you can simply plant lettuce seeds instead.
Add slow-release fertilizer because all vegetables need fertile soil.
Then water.  I simply put a drip emitter on my new lettuce planter. 
I love how it looks and just a few weeks after planting, I can already pick lettuce.
So how about you?  Is this something you would like to try? 
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

4 replies
  1. laniebp
    laniebp says:

    That is an excellent idea. Come fall, can we grow lettuce here or any cool loving plant? I am fairly new here so don't know.

  2. says:

    Hi Lanie,

    I would recommend using any type of leafy cool-season vegetable in the grocery bag, which includes kale, Swiss chard, spinach and leaf lettuce.

    I'd love to hear how it goes!

    Noelle 'azplantlady'

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