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JesusMadeFood
May 12, 2020 6:27 PM CST
I'm planning to start my container food gardens later this week using two kinds.
Any recommendations on changes are welcome. I'm not buying anything else so I'll use what I have.

First:. Stiff plastic shallow kids pools.
I will drill drainage holes as big as possible yet small enough to keep moles out.
I'm cutting down a big old maple tree that shades the yard/ garden. The green branches will be the drainage medium along with some Jerusalem Artichoke stalks from the Fall.
A layer or two of cardboard will keep the soil mix off of the bottom and wood, but allow water to drain. Not sure how worms will like it or climb to it and break it down.
Next layer will be a mix of potting soil, groundhog 🐹hide (nitrogen from recent meal πŸ˜„), organic compost, peat moss and vermiculite. The top layer will be peat moss and soft wood chips to hold moisture. After that I will use compost tea, whipped cream with a cherry on top! πŸ§πŸ™‚πŸ‘πŸŒ±

Second:
Depending on how much soil I have left, I m considering using my old water trough, 4x2'x waist high for deep root veggies. It has a single drain. Same mix with more wood space on the bottom to get the plants sunshine. More cardboard support and/or galvanized fencing. Then mix, etc.
Either the trough OR cardboard lasagna bed between the pools and weed block edges to keep the yard mowing easier.

Third:
Goat fence 4"x2" squares trellis for butternut (,?maybe?), climbing squash, and beans.

Also doing a vineyard for 3 grape varieties, and kiwi, various berries, tubers, etc. But that's for another time/ place.

The pools aren't food grade, although I have white buckets that are. Just trying to use what's available with zero income, and some rainy day savings right now.

These are new ventures to add to my job search, topping and sculpting over 100 old growth trees, remodeling, etc. In my 50s and no help, I can use some recommendations and a little encouragement. My goal with food is to eat the nutrition that can not be found in the stores, so I can improve health and optimum energy to get the next job and 100 projects done.

Any recommendations on the 3 new garden projects?
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 12, 2020 7:37 PM CST
What is drainage medium?

If you are worried about the soil escaping out the drain holes, use some old window screen or old sand bags or... Not layers of wood, cardboard...

Mix all the soils together. Layering doesn't work.

Research 'perched water table in containers'. Here's one to get you started:

https://oregonstate.edu/dept/n...
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JesusMadeFood
May 12, 2020 8:04 PM CST
I'm not concerned with losing soil through the drain holes. 2 Reasons.
1. Last year, a friend suggested that I water my plants more often. I ended up with root rot on some large potted house plants/small trees. Just soil and no bottom medium.
The containers were drained, raised slightly and had catch basins. I thought the same principle would apply to larger containers. The plastic pool on top of compact high clay soil will likely drain very slowly through holes not located on the sides. The air space on the bottom as to my way of thinking would give a little fudge factor. I will rethink this concept.
2. There were some videos that featured a similar set up by gardeners with lots of experience.
I read the soil science page you linked and worth another read.
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For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,... all things were created by him, and for him:” Colossians 1

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 12, 2020 8:08 PM CST
So the logs are raising the whole container off the soil? I like that idea.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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JesusMadeFood
May 12, 2020 8:38 PM CST
One of the containers is a water trough that's deeper than I need. The branches in that would be to take up lots of space as filler to make it more useful. Its too deep to get more than probably an hour or so of light unless I fill it with more potting soil than I have. If I end up using it, I'll take your advice and use screen as a barrier on the wood. Cardboard will soften too much and my soil will fall through.

Maybe I'd be better off just cutting out the bottom of the pools and using the sides like raised beds? Maybe the microbes and worms would contribute to the soil biome and do more good. I have no experience with food, just as landscaping beds, so just thinking out loud.
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For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth,... all things were created by him, and for him:” Colossians 1

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