As referenced in my last post, fresh and local is readily available these days at farmers markets, but what about in your own back yard or rooftop or patio?
My daughters came up with very clever ways to garden. One used wine crates to create multiple growing spaces for herbs, lettuces and tomatoes. Since they are wood, it is a good idea to have drainage holes in the bottom of the crates and to line them with plastic to keep them from rotting.
This daughter chose watering troughs from a farm store for her garden, and they have worked great. These are totally filled with dirt which makes them a little heavy should they need to be moved. An alternative would be to fill them about 2/3 full with styrofoam packing material which would lighten them considerably and still leave plenty of room for dirt.
Where there is yard space, a raised garden is perfect. It is simple and inexpensive as it only requires a wood or, as in this photo, stone frame and enough dirt to fill it. I have found this to be a very successful way to expand my vegetable selection, and a 4×8 dimension makes it very easy to work.
What I love about having my own little garden, be it in pots or in a raised bed, is the satisfaction that comes with knowing I did it. I check on my growing things every day, and I am so pleased when I can harvest that first basil stem, tomato, lettuce or radish. If you haven’t tried growing some of your own fresh and local, get started…..NOW!
If you have gardening tips or stories, I’m betting the rest of us would love to hear.
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