|Four creative container garden ideas|
|Wednesday, 20 July 2011 10:07|
Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s the perfect time to start growing some food! Whether that means rows and rows of veggies or a few pots of herbs, there’s something gratifying about eating food that you grew yourself. Growing food is a great way to help get that grocery budget under control and spend some time outdoors, too!No matter how much (or how little!) space you have, a container garden can be a great way to get into growing some food of your own. If you plant in containers with a mix of organic potting soil and good compost, you avoid issues with weeds, poor soil quality, or contaminated soil that can come with planting in the ground.
Plants that grow well in containers include: herbs, hot peppers, beans (if you have room for them to climb), small tomatoes, garlic, strawberries, salad greens, chives, and edible flowers.
Sure, you can hit the home improvement store for pots, but why not give your container garden a bit of personality and save some money at the same time with these unusual garden hacks?
1. Cooking Pot Garden
Kip and Brian built their cooking pot herb garden using pots that they bought at the local thrift store. Thrifting is a great way to find unusual containers for your garden, especially if you think outside the box. You can use pots and pans like they did, old buckets, wooden crates ... pretty much any container is fair game, as long as you prepare it properly.
To turn a found object into a pot, just make sure you fill the bottom with rocks or drill a few holes for drainage, fill up with organic potting soil and some compost, and plant away! For containers that have gaps and holes, like wooden crates, you can line them with cardboard before planting.
2. Grow 100 Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel
Over at Green Upgrader, Tim shows you how to plant a barrel of potatoes for a fantastic yield!
You can use a barrel, like in his post, and I’ve seen other intensive potato-growing plans that involve growing the potatoes in a stack of tires. Tire dumping is a serious environmental problem, so finding a way to reuse old tires does double duty! Plus, the stack of tires makes it easy to harvest the potatoes in the middle of your contraption — just lift up the tires and fish around for potatoey goodness. Very interesting idea.
3. Build a Raised Spiral Garden Bed
Prepared by Minaev M. from: green.yahoo.com
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