Vegetable Container Gardening

Vegetable Container Gardening

Vegetable-Container-Gardening With access to the internet and sites like Pinterest, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with ideas and intimidated by the seemingly perfect gardens that are commonly found there. At the same time your yard (or lack thereof) is too small, the weather is too unpredictable, or you just don’t have enough time to take care of a proper garden. Well, there’s some good news! Gardening doesn’t have to be large scale, perfect, require perfect weather, or need a ton of time. One of the simplest ways to add color and life to your backyard or balcony is to implement containers into your gardening routine.

Whether you’re looking to plant herbs and vegetables or brighten up your space with some colorful flowers, container gardening is very versatile method and can utilize some of the most common place items!

Going Green with your Green Thumb:

containersforgardening From coffee cans and yogurt cups to egg cartons and milk jugs, recycling your containers has never been easier! Many of these items can easily be turned into plant containers. Egg cartons are perfect for starting a large amount of plants to be transplanted later in the season when they outgrow their space. Teach your kids about gardening by having them paint a yogurt container or milk jug and watch their plants grow or use the smaller yogurt containers for a mini herb garden to add a little spice to your dinners. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try nontraditional ideas!

Cook with fresh produce? Take it to a whole other level with this idea!

If your grandparents are anything like mine, then they have four of everything and love giving you the things they don’t use. This has resulted in the unfortunate situation of owing 10 pots, but only really using two to cook with. I ended up donating mine, but if I had seen what this creative gal did with her found cookware! With the new trend of colorful cookware; pots, pans, teapots, or even coffee mugs and teacups can all make great creative containers for succulents or houseplants. Make sure you provide enough room for drainage though; it would be easy to drown your plants otherwise.

Don’t be dull as dirt, get creative!

There are plenty of really creative ideas that can be executed inside and outside of the home.  Using rain gutters as planters along the fence, deck railing, or even hanging them seems to be a big fad right now. It’s a great method for keeping spreading produce contained and looks really cool! I’ve seen a bunch of creative ways to garden with containers either in small spaces or large scale!

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Containers that can be used for gardening are literally limitless. As long as it can contain a little dirt and handle being a little wet it can be used for planting! Get creative and start looking at those old canisters, shoes, buckets, and dishes in a new light. Who knows? There might be a perfect pot for that plant you’ve been looking to re-home.

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Mackenzie Kupfer is inspired by things both great and small, whether it’s royal gardens or a shoe-planter. To see more of her writing, check out her twitter.

Gardening for Family Fun

Gardening for Family Fun and relaxing together time.

Useful ideas for gardening

Gardening is a relatively inexpensive, relaxing hobby. Family or friend time working in the garden may be a fabulous way to spend time with each other. Children find the observation of growing plants utterly fascinating, and they will make a habit out of monitoring the evolution of seed to blooming. Horticulture also provides its’ caretaker with an introspective appreciation for mother nature, unlike any other. This article will make it simpler for you to love horticulture, so that you may even have others help you.Mulch

One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.

Place a few inches of organic mulch around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. This method will also prevent weeds. This will save you time, money, and effort in your lovely garden.

Organic FertilizerFertilize your garden regularly. You can choose a good organic fertilizer for vegetables. Do not worry about the brand of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.

Pest control can present a challenge for successful vegetable gardening. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. One way to keep pests at bay is to remain diligent about your garden. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.

If there are children in your family, then gardening can turn into a wonderful bonding activity for all family members. A lot of kids like picking plants and flowers. What kid wouldn’t also love to get dirty and not get in trouble?

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If your garden contains lots of short plants, purchase some gardening knee pads. If you spend a large portion of your gardening session on your knees, it could create pain over time. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.

Whether you wish to garden alone or with a loved one, the tips in this article will make the experience more fun. Take what you have learned here, and help your family enjoy horticulture, get together with your friends or just have fun by yourself.

Posted by Carol Hudgens

How we discover ways of helping our community grow vegetables.

We feel that helping our community is one of the most important things we do.  Employing folks in our area is so satisfying to us but in addition, we love helping others garden whenever we can.  Working with many social groups in the area, we donate plants as well as seeds to the elderly, community gardens, the prison garden and schools all over the area.  Many non-profit companies work with us to get plants to folks that need them and it is a joy every time we hear about their success in growing and the experiences of school age children learning to garden.

The elderly especially need help to garden as it can be very hard for them to find a strong back to dig their plot or to get anywhere to find plants.  We have a great group we work with that delivers our plants to the elderly in the community and they get such joy from working with the garden each day.

 

If we can help you find a way to help your community garden, let us know!