I’m Back! And Greener Gardening

May 20, 2010 :: Posted by - Summer :: Garden, Green Living :: (2) Comments

container gardening

Wow, has it been a long, strange several months! Things happened, like moving again. This time across the state, and into a much smaller townhouse. My big backyard has been replaced by a tiny patch of dirt that doesn’t seem fit to grow anything.

So as I waved my garden goodbye, I made plans to grow a new one. A greener, smaller one. OK, so I won’t be feeding my entire family on everything I’m growing (sorry Backyard Homestead), but I can at least make a mean salsa from the tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.

Since my actual plant pots are limited, and I’m trying not to buy any more, I went with what I had. Soda bottles. Yes, I know how bad soda is in so many ways. But at least I’m only polluting my body, since I can reuse the bottles for my herb garden.

This is just the beginning of it. As more bottles become available I’ll plant more. For these I cut them in half, poked holes in the bottom for drainage, and glued small screens to the top opening to keep the dirt in and allow drainage. I nailed them to my fence, and viola! Of course, you can make a cool rack for the bottles instead.

My next plan is to figure out carrots and onions. I can’t plant them in the ground, and I don’t want to stunt them with short containers. I could do one onion and maybe two carrots per bottle, but I’ll need a lot more bottles!

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2 Responses to “I’m Back! And Greener Gardening”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Hello! I was glad to see this in my inbox - I wondered what happened to you. I admire your commitment to gardening with the space that you have. Check out this site. It has gardening kits for kids, including those “watch the roots grow” kits where there is a carrot growing in a test tube. I’ve also seen similar kits where they grow in a narrow space between two panes of glass. I say this as encouragement because it’s my understanding that as long as it’s deep enough, carrots will grow in anything. Why don’t you just cut the neck off those soda bottles so that the “pots” are deeper and go ahead and give it a shot in what you’ve already set up? Good luck!

    http://www.wackyworldsof.com/html/root_viewer.html

  2. Summer Says:

    Thanks! I may have to try that and see if I can grow some carrots and onions that way.

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