You ready? Promise not to laugh at my meager efforts to having a productive garden? Okay, its true I do not have a garden of epic proportions. But if I did you would be asssured I would try my very best to become as sustainable as possible. I have that as a dream of mine, to grow most of my food from home. And to know were it started, and how it came to be. I like knowing what is on my food, as well as in it. It is funny how in such a small space one can grow so much food. Pretty impressive I think. I have a postage stamp shaped yard and I have successfully planted a garden in the only space I could find that gets full sun all day long. In an effort to stock my freezer for the winter blues I planted sweet corn. When it is ripe I will chuck it and put it in storage bags. Then I will pull one out one at a time to go with meals in the future. Weeds are always fighting me on it though.The corn has only been up for a a couple weeks now and today I went out and took a hoe to the rows. It is amazing to me how fast weeds germinate and grow. If all my crops grew as well as a weed, well I would never have any problem.
You might be wondering what those blue dixie cups are doing around my plants. If you remember my last post the slugs and caterpillars were eating my beans. And….. the beans were the only thing (besides the sweet corn) that did not have these barriers around it. ] I have made another spot to be my make shift area I could plant some broccoli ( since there was no space in the general garden area), but my broccoli had toilet paper rolls around the stems and sadly the cardboard simply did not work. So out of say 12 broccoli I have maybe two left. And the two are actually damaged. I think I am a tough farmer. But when I seen the carnage I felt a little humbled. But rise up is what I did. I planted some more broccoli in my little container garden in hope that maybe, I would actually get a few heads. Take that sluggards!!!
I love me some strawberrys. And my deck I see as ‘free space’ And being so I planted these strawberrys last year. I am also truthfully kinda greedy though. I planted them in boxes not only because I did not have much space elsewere but the fact that if there is a move they are coming with me. Greedy, greedy……lol.
And the greed keeps going, Blueberrys in containers too.
And the rest of my container garden venture.
This is an idea I got after I went searching for containers. I was looking for anything, a five gallon bucket, a rubbermaid. But decided on these. Just dish tubs. You can get them at a department store about anywhere for around 3-4 dollars a piece. I went with the bigger tubs ( 18 qt ). After a few drainage holes are drilled. Just fill them with a mixture of organic potting soil and compost, as well as some organic fertilizer. I like how they are not very deep. I planted radishes. eggplant, herbs, ect. . But you can plant almost anything. And I am already snipping herbs for dinner. Whats great about these is that I can move them from place to place. If say they need more sun I can just set it were it would get all it needed. I set them on an old bench that way I was getting more space by going up. And it I think looks better too. Do you have a container garden? Have any conatiner ideas? Or a blog or picture you want to share? Let me know And I will post it!!!