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Growin' bags

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Has anyone tried these? I got mine from Parks Seeds, they were 4 for $6.95 I think. Parks showed strawberries in them, and I think were listed as one of the their best sellers.
I have impatients (sp?) in mine and hung over a plain wood fence in the shade. Really adds a splash of color at eye level :)
I would love to see others photos for ideas, maybe plants for sunny areas? TIA!
Kathy

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Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Another one. You can see the bag on the left where lower plant didn't make it:(
Kathy

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Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

kwells - glad you put that up. i've had one of thouse pouches in my basement for two years. i keep forgetting to use it. just went down and b4ought it up. will go to nursery this weekend and get some of those impatients. the ones you have look great. thanks

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

Kathy, they look great!

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Hi Herbie,
Thanks so much:)
My instructions with the bag said to fill with potting soil then put the plants through each slit. My six pack of plants had such big roots that I had to soak the soil off in a bucket of water to be able to get them through the slots. I also started filling with soil from the bottom, then put plant in, then more soil, then plant- with the bag in its upright position, sat in a chair with the bag on the ground. ( The directions said lay on flat surface to plant) Just an idea:)
Also, these were really heavy because I watered them before I hung up.
Good luck and would love to see yours!
Kathy
p.s. your name just made me think, I'm going to get some HERBS for my other two I have left:o)

Rutland , MA(Zone 5b)

kwells - will do and don't forget the herbs. lol

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Elsie, thanks!
I noticed hummingbirds on these the other day, I didn't even know hummers liked impatients! Or maybe it's because the flowers are hanging up I noticed:)
Here's the link if anyone is interested to Parks:
http://www.parkseed.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreCatalogDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10066&langId=-1&mainPage=prod2working&ItemId=6515&FromTextSearch=growin%20bag&coremetricsCategory=28001
Kathy

Paint Lick, KY(Zone 6a)

i did some of those this weekend with my petunias too any suggestions on how long it takes to look good? It was a royal pain for me to try and get mine planted lol and I've got 3 more bags to do!
lena
ps any good fertilizers to use? I used miracle gro's bloom booster this time

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

lena, I really like the idea of petunias. I think mine probably took a month, I planted these the first week in April & by May 5th they were pretty filled out. When I watered the first time, I used the Schultz product "Starter Plus" for transplanting. I've been using a diluted all purpose MG (fertilize about once a week) & have to water these everyother day, it's been so windy & they dry out. I'm sure the MG you have would be fine.
I know what you mean about royal pain, I tried to do it the way the instructions said, but no way!! I thought about making the slots bigger, but was afraid the soil would wash out. I think they were worth it tho, as our fence is so plain looking without these.
Would love to see a photo after yours fill in:)
Kathy

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Paint Lick, KY(Zone 6a)

lol don't try making the slots bigger been there did that(i need a patch almost for mine, I ended up tearing some of the roots down(i felt so bad) as soon as mine look nice I'll post pics of all of them!!
thanks
lena

MD &, VA(Zone 7b)

cute! I found some of these at a local nurser for like 1.29 each. I got a couple of them but have only planted one of them so far. I'll get a pic of it later. I let it lay flat for a about a week until the plants started to get established in there before I hung it on the fence.

Spokane, WA(Zone 5b)

I've seen them and have always considered buying them. Wasn't sure if they worked as good as the catalog pics showed - but obviously they do! Those were pretty pics!

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Thanks everyone for posting. I can't wait to see pics:) I forgot to leave mine flat before hanging, maybe why I lost a couple of plants? That is one thing, I think it's almost impossible to replace a plant if it dies, so just left it.
Thanks, Kathy

Midland, TX(Zone 7b)

I think I'm gonna have to order some of those. Yours looks so much better than the ones in the Parks catalog!

Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

I ordered the hanging strawberries, and just received them a couple of days ago. Do you think it would be okay to get them started this late, or should I wait until next year?
Beautiful PICS by the way. I can't wait to get mine started! :)

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Hi Missie, I just did some more about 5 days ago, let them sit flat like Jody said above & just hung up today. They had a sale on 6 pks at the garden center, so couldn't resist;) They really seem to grow faster than stuff I plant in the ground-and we have a terrible earwig population here which haven't found these yet. I think you are zone 9 too? I've never tried the strawberry plants they suggested-wasn't sure if you ordered the plants & bags together?
Thanks, Kathy

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Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

And one with coleus for shade:)

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Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

I'm kinda new to all this, I'm so glad you replied! In the directions, it says the Alpine Strawberries need a cooling period of 3-4 weeks before planting. Do you think I REALLY need to do this? I'm wishing they were flowers like yours! I can not believe they are from just 5 days ago... BEAUTIFUL!!!

Missie :)

Mount Hermon, LA(Zone 8b)

Missie, I ordered those bags with Tristar strawberries last year from Park's. They did produce some berries, but not the bumper crop that is advertised (it might have already been too hot down here -- the folks in Pontchatoula [Strawberry Festival] have already harvested). My neglect of the plants didn't help either. But it's worth a try!

Surprisingly, even after leaving the bag hanging outside all winter, new berries started popping out this spring. Again, after total neglect.

I absolutely LOVE seeing the bags planted with flowers and coleus! I'm going to find the other bags I have and plant them now. Thanks for the great ideas!

Jean

MD &, VA(Zone 7b)

your bags are looking great! I still haven't planted the rest of mine. Just the one... but it's looking pretty good :) It's hanging on the fence behind my pond.

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Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Jody, that's so Pretty! Thanks for posting & please do more, love seeing the pics;)
Kathy

Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

Absolutely beautiful Jody! I think I may have found a new hobby! :)

Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)

Hi kwells. Your impatiens look super & just wait til a month from now. You will be amazed at the size. Yes the little hummers love impatiens. Here is another thread about the grow bags & I posted a few of my pix.

Nice photo Jody. Your impatiens look great too. Love the red.

http://davesgarden.com/t/378067/

Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

Wow! Love the idea of the flowers at your front door! That is beautiful! Do you leave them their at all times?

Missie :)

Cochrane, ON(Zone 2b)

Missie_, yes I leave them there all summer. Sometimes you get startled coming out the door as the hummers & bees are sometimes there but I find it brightens the entrance. Didn't do them this year as I will be going away for about 10 days & my son does not appreciate having to water them in addition to all the other containers I have, plus the gardens.

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

Broots, Thanks so much for posting the link, what great tips! and pics! When I searched the forums by using "growin' bags", nothing came up. I didn't realize these bags are all called different names:)
Kathy

Mount Hermon, LA(Zone 8b)

You guys got me all fired up about the growing bags, and I couldn't find the few I had around here, so I bought a set of 10 bags on eBay (about $12.?? plus shipping) -- worked out to about $1.65 to $1.70 per bag. Now I have to find some more impatiens.

All of the plants and flowers shown growning in the bags look really good!

Jean

LA, So CAL (Northrid, CA(Zone 10a)

I saw those bags a long time ago.. think it was kmart..
had mixed feeling, but seeing all those beautiful photos
might just have to get a few!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing.

OSAKA, Japan(Zone 9b)

I've enjoyed your stunning bags.
I myself made such bags some years ago.

Please take a look my bags.
Viola and Lobelia

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Birmingham, AL(Zone 8a)

WOW...WOW...WOW...WOW....stunned and amazed...

Just can't think of anything to say...

Tomtom, you sure you didn't cut that out of a magazine? :()

Northwest, MO(Zone 5a)

Are these hard to water, and do you have to water them any more often than your other palnts?

OSAKA, Japan(Zone 9b)

Hi delphiniumdiva,

Thank you for taking a look at my pic.
I'm highly flattered .

Petaluma, CA(Zone 9a)

I water mine everyother day, but it's been windy here & I didn't want them to dry up. Use one of those long water wand type deals.
Jean, great idea to get them on ebay & cheaper than Parks-thanks for the tip.
Tomtom, I'm with delphiniumdiva-Wow!!

Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

Tomtom,

How do you put 2 photos in one mesg? I'm a new member and have only seen a couple of your pics, but I have to say, the one's that I have seen are amazing! Absolutely beautiful!

Missie :~)

Birmingham, AL(Zone 8a)

Same here Tomtom - you are a technical guru as well as garden meister evidently! How ya do that?

OSAKA, Japan(Zone 9b)

Missie_,delphiniumdiva,
I usually use Paint for image contolling tool. Click Start,point to Programs, point to Accessories,then click the appropriate icon and you can open Paint.
It's beyond my capability to explain more in English :(
Is there any expert in image-editing who can provide more detailed(technical)information?

This is extremely useful to me when it comes to showing more than one images in one message anyway.
These are the photos of containers I made yesterday.
Before painting and after.






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Muscoda, WI(Zone 4b)

Another "WOW!" for Tomtom!! Your garden is spectacular and I'm *jealous!!!* :-D

I use Paint Shop Pro (PSP) and Adobe Photoshop. PSP is an excellent program for photo manipulation...if I can help someone, just let me know. I think my email is enabled if not, I'll put this thread on my watch list and keep an eye on it.

Oh yes...GEEZ, you guys are GOOD! ;-) Gorgeous growing bags and yes, I have a few but they're filled with strawberries (that is they *were* until I ATE them this morning. :-D

~julie~

Denham Springs, LA(Zone 9b)

I just received a hanging bag w/strawberry seeds! Can't wait to try it out next year! Wish I could get it started now! I'm soooo tempted, cause we do not have much of a winter here. What do you think?

Tomtom - Allllll of your pics are awesome!!! :) :) :)

Missie

NORTH CENTRAL, PA(Zone 5a)

Most if not all photo management software including some freebies and I have been told in Vista is the controll word (MELD).

Relatively simple once found and understood. Place two or more pix of equal margins side by side and click on meld. The multi images become one. Save it. Now you can show a the two as one on this or any other site.

Mendo. County, CA(Zone 8b)

Wow! Beautiful idea!

I'm very interested in edibles, I wonder how beans would do in something like this?

Tomtom, you said you made some bags -- would you share what you did?

Thanks so much, everyone!

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