Grace Banda, a 28-year-old mother of four, keeps a line of burlap sack gardens planted with cabbage in front of her house. It saves her from trekking to her garden when she needs something green for cooking, and it could save you a trip to the grocery store.
To make your own container gardens using Banda’s method, you’ll need a large burlap sack, gravel, a tin can with both ends cut out, potting soil and goat berries. If you’re plum out of goat manure, compost works fine, too.
Step 2: Slide the can up to the surface of the dirt, refill it with rocks and fill the area around the can with the soil and compost mix.
Step 3: Repeat step 2 until the sack is full.
Step 4: Cut staggered openings about 6 inches long along the sides, and plant seeds in the holes.
If you try your hand at sack gardening yourself, please send us a photo. Thanks!
Photos by Russell Powell