Meatless Monday: Bag of Tomatoes


by Jul 10th, 2011 // Meatless Mondays

Meatless Monday: Bag of Tomatoes

At first I couldn’t decide if this was trashy or cute. Wasn’t even sure I should share… but now I’m head over heels in love with my bag of tomatoes.

Here’s the back story: There’s nothing more wonderful than a warm tomato right off the vine drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of sea salt. I like to pretend my grocery store “on the vine” tomatoes are “garden fresh” so I leave them on the counter until they’re super ripe and drizzle away, but somehow they never taste as amazing.

I’ve been wanting to plant tomatoes forever but every year I’m intimidated. Actually, that’s not exactly true. Mostly I’m just too lazy to get it done in time and then I just tell myself I’ll do it next year.

Last week my parents were in town and my mom pointed out that I didn’t even need a raised bed to grow my own tomatoes.  Turns out she was right.

You don’t need no raised beds, heck, you don’t even need a shovel. All you need is a bag of dirt, a tomato plant, a stake and your bare hands… and voila! a perfectly adorable tomato plant will be growing in your back yard.

Tell me it isn’t sort of adorable?  Cannot wait to eat these… here’s how to make your own bag of tomatoes:

Bag of Tomatoes Instructions

1 large bag of soil (2 cubic feet)
1 tomato plant
1 tall round stake
1 screw driver

1. Pick the closed bag up a few times and lift it about a foot off the ground. Drop it a few times until the dirt settles.
2. Take a screw driver and poke 15 to 20 holes in towards the bottom half of the bag.
3. Open the bag and roll down the sides.
4. Take your tomato plant out of the plastic container it came in and set it aside.
5. Stick your hands in the soil and dig out enough dirt to fill the plastic container.
6. Place the tomato plant in the hole you dug and then put the dirt back into the bag patting it down so it’s nice and snug.
7. Gently push the stake in over the tomatoes and pull up on the leaves so they are resting against the stake.
8. Water generously until water comes out the holes.
9. Water as directed and watch your plant grow!

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9 Comments on “Meatless Monday: Bag of Tomatoes”

  1. 1.) Timmi
    July 11th, 2011

    Seriously awesome!

  2. 2.) Heather@SugarDish(Me)
    February 22nd, 2012

    This is the BEST solution to the ground behind my house that seems to have a layer of granite just underneath. Seriously I’ve never ever seen ground so hard. Every year I say I’m gonna plant a raised bed, and EVERY year summer passes by and I never get to it. I love this. It’s definitely cute. Trashtastic.

  3. 3.) Kristin
    March 4th, 2012

    I wonder what else you could plant in one of these, cause I would love to make a raised bed this coming summer but I just can’t visualize that I will actually do it! But I don’t like tomatoes, I like things made from tomatoes like salsa, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, etc!

  4. 4.) cheri
    March 23rd, 2012

    In a townhome with just a patio for a back yard….this is perfect! Love fresh tomatoes!!!

  5. 5.) benefits of tomatoes
    July 31st, 2013

    I just stumbled upon your site. All I have to say is an insane amount] of info. Perhaps you would be willing to swap links?

  6. 6.) Ester @picaronablog
    March 11th, 2014


    I’m asking for permission to take two of your pictures to use them on my website (about container gardening too). They will be credited, of course.
    Thanks in advance (waiting for an email!)

  7. 7.) nagarajan
    March 11th, 2014

    Hi, Superb gardening work. I think you bought planting bag from market. Instead of buying from market, you can yourself make it in tiny sizes.

    Take Water bottles (ex: 1 ltr) Bisleri, Aquafina etc.
    In body side, cut Half portion and fill ordinary soil.
    Insert tomatto seeds pour water. Wait 10 days, you will get good tomatto plants.

    keep gardening.


  8. 8.) Robert
    April 4th, 2014

    Suggest the bag be supported against tipping over. Three long stakes driven through and a foot into the earth might do it. These will also support the plant also as it grows tall by tying cord around the stakes to form a trellis.

  9. 9.) Troy
    May 9th, 2014

    Pretty simple.. I find the most difficult projects if given sum thought, careful reconsideration and animated discussions they can become the simplist projects. But without the intrest in other people’s 2 cents that difficult project continues to stump oneself..

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