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Container Gardens – Guest Post By Karen

As I mentioned when I introduced my mom’s last gardening post, I have no green thumb.  She has the greenest thumb imaginable, and mine is black.  This year I’m determined to start a garden.  I’m in an apartment, so I don’t have a lot of room.  She put together this post to help me, and all of you who may not have a lot of room.  We too, can plant a garden and grow our own veggies.

moms plants

For those who don’t have a lot of room to garden or just want to keep it simple, a great way to start out is using  Rubbermaid containers or a similar brand. They can’t be see through or the light will promote algae growth. You will need to drill several holes in the bottom to promote drainage and have it sitting raised up from the lid to allow for the water to drain out. Large even rocks work or blocks. They have to be sturdy enough to brace the container up with wet dirt inside.

This is a 30 1/2"Lx20 1/4"Wx16 5/8" H Sterilite container from Target.

This is a 30 1/2″Lx20 1/4″Wx16 5/8″ H Sterilite container from Target.

Here it is resting on 4 3/4" wood scraps sitting in the lid.

Here it is resting on 4 3/4″ wood scraps sitting in the lid.

Once you have it set up you can fill the lower 1/3 with small gravel or styrofoam packing peanuts. Something to allow for air circulation for draining and promote good root growth.  Then fill the remainder with a combo of compost and potting soil or peat moss.

1 bag of 1/2 cubic ft. of pea gravel spread out evenly over the bottom.

1 bag of 1/2 cubic ft. of pea gravel spread out evenly over the bottom.

Mix and you are ready to plant your seedlings or seeds. If these will grow tall you will need some trellis bracing or small tomato cages. There are a lot of options out there now. You can have a pretty impressive container garden on your deck or balcony. Remember to water when the soil dries out, but it doesn’t have to be moist all the time.  In case of frost, cover plants with cut milk jugs or garbage bags for a night or two.  Enjoy your green thumb!

Here are 4 tomato plants that will get quite large and need cages in a few weeks.  The nice thing about this project is it is reusable.  You can change out the plants you want to try.

Here are 4 tomato plants that will get quite large and need cages in a few weeks. The nice thing about this project is it is reusable. You can change out the plants you want to try.

I mentioned my mom's green thumb.  This is one of her many gardens.

I mentioned my mom’s green thumb. This is one of her many gardens.

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