Saturday, 12 July 2014

A New Type of Grow Bag

Grow Bags have been around for years they where rectangle in shape and had three holes for you to cut out to plant your toms in. It was always filled with lumpy peat based compost usually sold for 99p but now there is a new Grow Bag on the block. See it Grow have launched a new Coir grow bag that is Eco friendly and packed in 100% recyclable plastic.
See it Grow Coir grow bag
The bags them selves come with a dried and compressed block of Coir compost which also makes the delivery cheaper compared to standard Grow Bags. Pull up the sides of the bag and add 2.5lt of luke warm water and just watch the bag grow the whole bag will have expanded in 15min. Eleanor my daughter was very keen to clam the bags for herself  the bright colours and small size (compared to standard grow bags) will make them attractive to children.
Eleanor adding water to the Coir
When the bag is full it's time to get your hands in and fluff up the compost now where ready to plant i have opted to try them with the Grow Bag staple Tomatoes. But having said this they are no longer planted with toms as mr frost put a stop to them growing they have now been planted up with something a bit more colorful. Fushia's is what we have gone for as it's all we had left in the greenhouse got to be honest and they are doing well in them.
Bag ready to Plant
Now i must admit that have never been a fan of Coir i tried it back in the 90's when it first become all the rage mostly due to Geoff Hamilton. But just never got as good a results as peat but i am surprised at the results this year one point i will make is that Coir dose need a lot more feeding than Peat and the same goes with watering. But i would suggest adding a slow release fertilizer to the compost prior to planting will reduce the amount of extra feeding needed the same would be true for swell gel to help cut down on the watering.
Toms Pre Frosting 
I would say that these are a great idea and will become popular with new and old gardeners they are defiantly worth looking out for in your local garden centre.
They will be great to get the Kids interested in growing due to the bright colours of the bag and the compact nature of the bag. I will let you know how they perform through the growing season later on in the year has anyone else used they grow bags do let us know comment below.
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