Winter is passing into spring quite early this year and it is time to make plans for my garden. I am filled with excitement about my garden this year as I plan to plant a full container garden for the first time ever. By full garden, I mean that I will plant a variety of crops and use all of the space I have available. I have never been able to plan a large container garden before because of the initial expense. I recently found a way to cut out the pot costs entirely by acquiring free containers. Grocery stores with a bakery get cake icing in either 3 or 5 gallon buckets and just throw away the containers after they’re done with them. You can get these for free by calling and asking that they hold used icing containers for you. These containers have tight sealing lids and are of course food safe, so think of all the things you can do with them! They would be great for large scale recipes and I also love the idea personally for storing clay. To make this plan even better, I found a great tutorial on making your own self watering planters from 5 gallon buckets and PVC pipe.
As I planned my garden I thought about what produce we use most during the year in recipes. The recipe list I came up with is mostly comprised of things like spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, fruit cocktail, pickles, corn on the cob, fresh fruits for toppings and your basic mixed vegetables with things like potatoes, squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, etc. Taking into consideration that despite the fact that I am using my entire balcony for this, I don’t have room for all of these things, this is the list I have come up with.
|Strawberries||Red Bell Peppers||Basil|
I wish I could get more proliferate with my herbs, at least adding in sage and rosemary, but since I am cramming things in as it is, I will have to save them for my window sill later on after I have finished this set up. I decided that the best way to deal with planning out the garden was to make a layout map.
Below are the links for the self-watering pots and a book I absolutely loved on urban container gardening. It talks about almost everything you need to know about gardening as an apartment dweller as well as recipes for both foods and other products using your plants. It even has a section on micro-gardening.
DIY Self-watering Planters