Ghetto Grow Bag

Remember the Ghetto Greenhouse?  Introducing…

…the Ghetto Grow Bag.

Remember that one hosta (insert plant of your choice) that your aunt (insert person of your choice) gave you a few years ago?  Well, now it’s grown into a hosta space hog encroaching on the living quarters of its neighbors.

Want to tame that big fella?  Make him stay where you want him to stay? Well, it’s time to divide and conquer. 

But what to do with the offspring…perfectly good little fellas that could find happiness in another home just like Big Pappa.

Here’s the solution:

Weed cloth and your choice of apparatus to tie the “bag” with.  And potting soil, of course, but much less than you’d need if you were transplanting into a bunch of pots.

Simply lay down a square of weed cloth, plop down a few handfuls of soil, pop in your perennial, pull the weed cloth up around the stem of the plant distributing the soil around the roots and tie that baby off.  Now you have portable perennials that can pass their time pleasantly while you ponder what person to pass the plants to.

Here we have happy hostas hanging with their homies.Who’s to know the solid green hosta are simply sitting on top of the soil waiting for a permanent home.

Don’t like the way the plant looks in one location?  Easy peasy.  No digging, no transplant shock, no time spent.  Simply pick it up and put it somewhere else. 

And if you want to step up from the ghetto and move it up to suburbia, you can copy adapt the commercial version of the grow bag

Very reasonably priced, but you do have to order it…and pay shipping…and wait for it to be delivered.

Or…you could pull out the old sewing machine and stitch up a few squares and make you own (which was my original plan).

Remember…you heard it first here.  Ghetto Grow Bags.  Try it, you might like it.

Happy Gardening

Enormous Elephant Ear

I’ve been tied to the computer getting work done and haven’t had a chance to get my hands dirty the past few days. Today was the first day I’ve been able to come up for air but it rained all day. I don’t want to say I hate rain with it being God’s handiwork and all, but rain and cold give me the blues. It was 90+ yesterday, one of the hottest days of the year, and today it felt like 60.

Someone recently bought the corner building near us and brought in a ton of plants, everything from sod to full grown trees. It looks really, really nice. I asked the landscaper for the empty pots, and he was nice enough to save a bunch of them for me (thank you, thank you, thank you). I’m using them to divide my perennials now so that I’ll have extra plants next spring.

I dragged the landscaper over here the other morning to talk garden. I’ve promised to give him one of the elephant ear baby bulbs from this plant 09-02-08 (4)

It did okay this year, but for the last two years the leaves were twice as big as they are this year Elephant Ear_2006 This year they didn’t get close to the top of the fence, and in 2006 it grew higher than the top of the fence.

The biggest difference is that I used Miracle Grow then and just water this year, not even any compost. The elephant ear seems to like massive amounts of water. Makes sense since it can be used as a pond plant. This year the bulb went out a little later than usual which might also account for the smaller size. I’m sure if we had a longer growing season it would get bigger. In the warmer climates they can be kept outside all year around. Here we have to dig them up and store them before the bulb freezes. A pain, but you’re rewarded with baby bulbs.

There were about seven baby bulbs from last year. I only kept this one and I gave away the others to my co-FreeCyclers. I asked the guy that I gave the biggest bulb to send me a picture this month. Hope he remembers.

I can’t say enough good things about FreeCycle. I love finding a bargain, and the best bargain is no cost, free, zip, nada, gratis, bubkis…you get the idea.

Plus it’s a green thing. You keep perfectly good stuff out of the landfill., and people give away a little of everything from dishes to dish washers. I’ve given away and received lots of plants. I like to feel there’s a little me scattered all over the city. I even got dirt, but that was through Craigslist, which is also good. Love it, love it, love it.

If there comes a time when you can’t palm off your extra plants to your friends and neighbors, try giving them away through these organizations.

Happy Gardening!!!!