How to create a bag garden

"We grow spinach and cabbages in our bag garden. We eat vegetables for every meal, we have enough to give our neighbours and a surplus to sell."

Solange, Ripple Effect Rwanda

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Get started

1. Roll down the edges of the sack and add a small layer of stones at the bottom for drainage.

2. Place the tube on the stones in the middle and fill with more stones.

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Create drainage

3. Surround the tube with a mixture of soil, compost and manure. Press down lightly.

4. Remove the tube to leave a column of stones in the middle of the soil mix.

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Fill with soil

5. Repeat until the bag is full of soil and there’s a column of stones running the height of the bag. Unroll the sack and try to keep it upright as you go.

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Create support

6. Hammer 3 stakes into the ground around the sack to support the bag.

7. Cut a series of horizontal lines in the sack sides at least 15cm apart where you want your plants to go. Make sure the holes are big enough to plant a seedling and there is enough room for the plant to grow.

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Plant your seeds

8. Plant your seeds or seedlings in the holes and at the sack opening.

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Water your plants

9. Water the garden generously at first and then regularly from the top of the bag, preferably with rainwater.

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