If you don't have the space in your yard, you can get some big Rubbermaid containers/buckets, drill holes in the bottom of it, fill with dirt, and plant either seeds and/or actual veggie or fruit plants. You can set the containers/buckets on a deck or just about anywhere outside.
You can use just about any kind of container. I had several baskets and sorters that I had lying around the house so, I decided to put them to good use. A Topsy Turvy also works really well and you can use any kind of plant in it. Big flower pots work great too.
I have a huge garden in our yard as well as fruits and veggies in a series of big Rubbermaid containers/buckets. Last year everything did really well in both the containers/buckets, in the yard, as well our 15 fruit trees.
Rubbermaid containers/buckets work better than other brands because they won't split when you drill holes in them.
With the economy as bad as it is it pays to plant a garden. It will cut down on your grocery bill. You can also can your veggies and fruits to save for a later date.
Michelle in Maryville, TN
By avidhiker10 from Maryville, TN
Five gallon paint buckets work well too, and they don't split when drilling holes in them.
Very good idea, keep up the good work. I have a raisedbed garden; it really saves us money & we get to enjoy fresh veggies. Good luck.
I love this! Thank you so much for posting.
Very practical idea this is for the smaller family with limited area.
I continue to grow all my leafy veges and green chillies off my beds made of wooden (used) planks.
Some tips coming out of my 10 yrs + small garden experience are below.
a) Use compost and animal manure such as cow dung (cow pooh!). Your veges grow healthy and spicy too!
b) Need to line the earth filled up area of the container so that soil mass retains moisture in dry weather. Line the container with used polythene.
c) Make sure your pots do not dry up. If this happens, water you apply may not absorb into the soil but drip away from the pot.
d) Spread out some newspaper in the bottom of the container before you fill in the container. Earthworms love this.
e) The latest is better to add a few grains of moisture absorbents into the pot so that moisture is retained for longer periods.
f) My BIG problem is to protect plants from birds which rake the pot to pick up worms!
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By Melmar from Lincoln park, MI
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