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Lakewood WA (Zone 7a)
Greetings masters of mulch!
Apr 3, 2017 4:33 AM CST
|During my research to build my veggie and flower garden I Learned a lot about container gardening. There are several upsides I found personally such as being able to move them around as the sun shifts later in the season. Also for me I don't really have a yard per se so containers on my front porch makeup about 60% of my potential real estate. I like mixing many different sizes and materials. I have included a few pics of a few different ones I found. I got the antique trunk for $20 and am going to grow sunflowers in it.
When choosing unconventional containers a few things are important. Always make sure you sterilize containers by soaking them in water with some bleach. This helps the spread of diseases. Never reuse old potting mix or soil unless you sterilize it by baking it in the oven for an hour on 250 °, this is also to help prevent diseases. If the container has no drainage you will need to drill holes in the bottom. I bought a dremel tool which is handy for many things and have used it on metal, wood, and plastic without issue.
I think what gets me so excited is searching at antique shops and 2nd hand stores for unique shapes, sizes, colors, and styles of containers. I love vintage and retro objects mostly. Things that have patina and character. I have purchased a few inexpensive vintage planter remakes on Amazon and EBay.
I am also going to utilize some old pallets to create some vertical gardening. I read about this quite a bit in urban gardening for dummies and was intrigued. With little space growing your flowers, herbs, even veggies vertically is a great option. You can place the seedlings closer together because they are growing up not out. There are tons of YouTube videos and informational pages out there to gain some great ideas. If you don't like the look of the old pallets you can buy several varieties of vertical planters online. I purchased one to check it out from wish.com. I am going to lean my pallets against the side of my house and grow my cucumbers, snap peas, and some marigolds for not only color but I read several places that planting marigolds around the perimeters of your garden helps to keep bad critters away.
Your only limitation is your own imagination. Experiment with different materials, if they don't work the first go round, maybe try a different plant next time. I am finding that this is a learning process that occurs due to trial and error. Just because something hasn't been done doesn't mean it isn't possible.
Thanks for reading, have a ROCKING great day!
Have a ROCKING great day!!!
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