Thursday, May 22, 2008

Green Thumbs Needed [Edited!]

I stumbled across these "Gardening Bags" on the Ikea website today:

So... do you think you could actually plant things in there (like tomatoes, herbs, etc.?) If so, how cute would that be at the edge of the patio?

Also... how? Just fill it up with dirt and go to it?
EDIT: I went to Ikea and bought 6 of them ! They're totally cute and they have a plastic insert to put around the top to keep it round. Laural is right - it takes a lot of dirt. Each one takes 1/2 bag of drainage stones and 1-1/3 bags of soil. The best part: they were on sale for $2.49 each! With the container, the stones and the dirt, each one cost $9.47 to set up (13% tax included). I wanted big pots to do my vegetables this year and I think these will be great!


Banana said...

I think they're meant to haul weeds, leaves and yard trash - BUT, they would be so cute with plantings in them. I bet they're not stable enough on they're own, but if you put a plastic planter (or even a pottery planter) inside them they'd hold up nicely. So cute!

LoriD said...

Banana - that's what I thought too, but then I read this:
The inside of the planting bag can be covered with plastic to protect the underlying surface from moisture
Can be drained with a couple of layers of leca granules in the bottom.

... which lead me to believe/hope I could put the plants right in there.

Jess said...

I am so curious to hear the answer to this. Unfortunately, I'm not the one to help.

Nowheymama said...

Ooh--that would be so cute. Give it a shot--you could always hide a regular pot inside of them if it doesn't work.

Land of Bean said...

Great idea! You gotta love Ikea! I'll bet they're called something fun like flugenbags. There's probably an umlaut in there too, but I can't type that. Good luck!

PS - I just wandered along and I love your blog!

Misty said...

I was with Banana until I read your next comment. I have never heard of the like and would worry about a good drenching rain causing the bag to crumple/tilt/kill-my-plant-and-cover-my-patio-with-soil.

Eh. But you could give it a shot with annuals and see how it goes. I would experiment with less than expensive plants first. And make sure you put something in for drainage.

Pickles & Dimes said...

I like nowheymama's idea of putting a pot in there. More sturdy.

Cute bags! Our Ikea's 25 miles away and I'm too lazy to fight traffic to go there (it's RIGHT by the Mall of America).

CP said...

No green thumb here BUT I would totaly put a potted plant inside. Maybe not quite the same effect you were going for but since my backyard is basically a pond, waterfall and a shitfield for my dog, I'm not the one to ask! :)

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

OOH! THey are so cute! I would love to have a bunch on my deck.
Hope things are well with you Lori,
take care,

Haley-O said...

SO CUTE! I LOVE them. What a great idea. :) How Martha Stewart of you! :)

Family Adventure said...

I love'em! Let me know how you do, and I'll be dropping by my neighbourhood IKEA soon :)


Laural Dawn said...

I was at Ikea today and totally thought of you. So ... I checked them out.
You can totally plant flowers in them. On the label there's a picture of how you do it. You just fill it with dirt.
The only thing is - they are really big. it would take a lot of dirt.

shay said...

I totally thought they were for hauling your weeds and stuff away BUT how cute to plant in them?!

I never know with IKEA cuz their directions are so crazy lol.

We planted last weekend too. I love gardening, who knew?!

Beck said...

Those are super cute.
WE had frost last night. FROST!

JMC said...

I LIKE those! Now I have to make a trip to Ikea to see them in person.

Chey said...

You really need a GPS to navigate Ikea.

Those bags are super cute. I wish I lived near Ikea, I would love to try those, they would look great on my patio.