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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Container gardening

Those of us who live in the country have the advantage of the big garden to help reduce our food bill. However urban or suburban dwellers with little or no space to garden can also supplement their food bills. If you have a patio, roof top small space or any other open area this helps significantly. Finding a large container for free can be simple. Cut the tops off of milk jugs, juice jugs, pop cans, water bottles and such with a little optional drainage port. Ask restaurants,grocery stores for 5 gallon buckets and such. You need at least 6 to 10 inches of depth to have sufficient root room for your plants. Find dirt from a river bank, dike, hidden spot in a nearby forested area, or other place where the property is pubic yet hidden with nutrients. Take the soil home and bake it in the oven for a little while on extra low heat to kill off the old weed seeds. Add a little rotting leaves, compost or other nutrient rich substance. You may also add a little peat too.

Once you have your soil in your pot, you may garden as usual. You may not have to weed as often as with regular gardening, but you will have to make sure the soil is always moist. Also if it rains regularly make sure that there is enough drainage so that small plants do not drown (I ignored some of my potted herbs and found them drown in the muck this year). You shouldn't have to weed your garden. I highly recommend you read about "square foot gardening" This will give you great ideas on small space gardening.

For those of us who live in cold climates container gardening is also great. I would like to grow some herbs, kale and lettuces indoors this winter. I hope it works.

Do you like to garden and grow your own food?

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