Urban dwellers in Kenya spend a fortune in buying food. However, this can be reduced by half if they try having a bag garden. Most middle-aged people in Kenya are moving and living in towns in search for jobs, and the demand of vegetables is growing by day.
A bag garden is a simple home project that offers a good solution to city dwellers that don’t have much outdoor space. Bag gardens can work in Major cities but most importantly in developing countries and urban slums in Kenya.
Grow your own Vegetables
Why should you buy vegetables when you can easily grow them? Your salary might not be enough to pay rent, school fees, clothing and still buy food, well you can supplement that buy having a bag garden. With a bag garden, you can grow kales, spinach, cabbage, capsicum, onions, chili, e.t.c. You can convert that sack into a garden.
One bag that is 1 meter long can be used to plant 100 plants vertically at a go, with only 20 liters of water to being used to irrigate one bag holding the plants per week.
If you try out bag gardening you are assured of fresh vegetables all year round. A single person can cater for 100 bags watering them 4 times a week. Bag gardening requires no weeding. You can also plant different crops in a single bag to reduce pest invasion. This can be done by anybody, even the elderly as it doesn’t require much labor.
Requirements of making a bag garden
- A sack
- Small stones
- Small funnel
- Mixture of top soil and manure
- Sticks to support the sack
Procedure for creating bag garden
- Mix the soil and manure. Add 3kg of DAP and lime to the mixture. Thoroughly mix the bag ingredients.
- Put the funnel at the middle of the sack facing down
- Continue putting the soil around the funnel
- Put the stones in the funnel for drainage
- The funnel helps make a column of stones at the center
- Raise the funnel and continue adding soil
- Ensure the sack is straight and the funnel is at the middle of the sack
- Fill the sack until it is stiff and completely full
- Wet the bag with 30 liters of water and start planting on the sides of the bag
- Cut small holes around the sack-well spaced
- You should have your seedlings with you now
- Start planting the seedlings on the holes and on the top.
All urban dwellers in Kenya who have small space can try this type of farming as it does not only utilizes space but also minimizes malnutrition by ensuring families are on a balanced diet.