If you haven’t started your summer garden yet, it’s not too late! Despite not having a backyard (just a really large back deck) I was determined to grow a few veggies for the summer and here’s how you can too!
You can always pick up starter plants so you don’t have to start from seed, but if you live in an area that has a fairly long summer, there’s no reason you can’t start a few veggies from seed if you do it now.
I started out with one 66 quart plastic container. You can find these at Target, Fred Meyers, or Home Depot for a few dollars.
I drilled holes into the bottom and then filled the bottom two inches of the tub with large rock and gravel. This keeps the dirt from compacting into the drain holes you created.
Fill the tub ¾ of the way full with potting soil. Plant seeds or starter plants at the recommended depth and spacing. Water accordingly and watch your plants grow!
The nice thing about container gardening like this is that you can use the lid that came with the tub to cover your plants during bouts of extreme weather to protect them.
In one tub I started a row of beets, squash, and zucchini but needed to thin them out, so I started a second tub. In planter boxes I have red onion, jalapeno, brussels sprouts, and a cherry tomato plant that is growing a foot each day and might need transferred to something bigger. In various planters and containers I’m also growing Italian parsley, cilantro, mint, basil, snap peas, garlic, and roma tomatoes. Oh.. and a poppy plant for something pretty! 😉
If you don’t want to spend money on large containers or planters, you can also use recycled containers for smaller herbs or vegetables. For example, I used an ice cream tub for snap peas, large yogurt and cottage cheese containers to grow garlic, and another small container to start a tomato plant that I’ll be transferring to a hanging planter soon. If dealing with limited porch space you can try planter boxes that fit over railings, hanging planters, or window-box planters.
My recycled food container planters may not make the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, but it’s about function, not looking pretty. I’m not only able to reuse the container, but also grow my own food right at home.
Tips, comments, or questions? Leave them below! 🙂