How To Start A Grow Bag Victory Garden

Our latest project is indoor gardening. Our initial attempt at a green thumb was trying to give our kitchen scraps a chance at a second life. We’re still doing that, and in addition we’re also planting seeds.

Since Corona Virus is forcing a ton of people into self-isolation, many have taken on new hobbies. With the news now saying that there may be shortages in fresh produce this summer, it came as no surprise that we weren’t the only ones that chose gardening as our new hobby.

So much so that the trend was even given a name, they’re calling them victory gardens.

We would have loved to grow our victory garden in the yard but in our community the HOA doesn’t allow gardens. 🙁

As an alternative, we started using grow bags. We bought a couple of different sizes to accommodate the different types of plants we were thinking of planting.

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What You’ll Need To Start Your Grow Bag Victory Garden

You don’t need very much stuff:

  • grow bags
  • potting soil
  • and maybe a bag of seed starter mix if you prefer to start your seeds in a start mix

The Grow Bags

We bought the grow bags in a couple of different sizes, to give us flexibility in what plants we could grow.

The grow bag size you’ll need will, of course, depend on what you plan on growing and how much of it you plan on planting. 

We figured we’d use the deeper bags for plants that needed the depth, like potatoes, carrots, and beats. Basically, anything that required a deeper root system.

We also got shallower and wider grow bags, giving us more planting surface for with plantings that don’t have deep root systems. Things like lettuce, scallions, onions, garlic, herbs, etc…

The Deep Grow Bags

For the deep grow bags we purchased a couple of packs of 7 gallon grow bags, measuring 13″ diameter x 12″ high.

Each pack has 8 bags, that’s a whole lotta bags to plant veggies in. 🙂

You can click the picture of the bag to get the same deep grow bags.

The Wider Grow Bags

With the wider grow bags we purchased 3 grow bags, each measuring 24″ diameter x 8″ high. It didn’t indicate how many gallons each grow bag was but they are perfect for the plants with shallower root systems.

You can click the picture of the bag to get the same deep grow bags.

The Potting Soil

The potting soil we used was MiracleGro Performance Organics.

We didn’t know how much potting soil we were going to need, so we took a guess and bought 9 – 25 quart bags.

We ordered it from Lowes and had it delivered.

So far we’ve used a couple of bags and we’re using 4 deep grow bags.

Although only one is filled to the top, the others are filled about half way.

How To Start A Grow Bag Victory Garden- Potting Soil

Prepping Your Grow Bag Garden

Prepping your grow bag garden is really as straight forward as you’d imagine.

  • Unfold the grow bag
  • Fill the grow bag up with potting soil
  • Plant your seeds or transplant your plants
  • give your plants a good watering
  • Place the bags in a bright area without too much direct sunlight

One thing I did notice is that although the grow bags breath, they also do a great job of keeping the moisture.

Be careful not to over water your plants. I did that in the beginning and soon found out the plants didn’t like my overly generous watering.

Warning: The grow bags are designed to breath – which is a good thing. But as a result, they also allow moisture to permeate through the bag.  If you’re placing your grow bag on carpet, or wood floors make sure to put something underneath the grow bag so it doesn’t stain or damage your floors. I put a sheet of plastic underneath mine to protect the carpet.

Tip:  When using the deeper grow bags you don’t need to go to the top of the bag if what you are planting has shallow roots. You can fold back the top of the bag, similar to what you do to jeans when they are too long.

That way you don’t use more potting soil than you need to.

What Do You Think Of Our Indoor Victory Garden?

That’s pretty much it. So far, we are loving our new hobby.  It really is exciting to see the progress the plants make every day.

We’re not at the point of having new veggies yet but at this rate, the veggies will be here before we know it. 🙂

I hope this post inspires you to start your own indoor grow bag victory garden and shed some light into how easy it is to start one.

What did you think? Have you ever grown things in a grow bag? How did it work out for you?

Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading.


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How To Start A Grow Bag Victory Garden

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Hi, I'm Steve. My wife Sandy and I have been doing DIY projects for years now and we finally created a blog to help share our projects and ideas.

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