Oh, Please, Please, Please, Garden Anywhere!
That means, on your doorstep, porch, balcony, tiny sunny patio, rooftop, hanging from anywhere, your sunny wall, in any container you can find, straw bales, big or little raised beds, mini niches in your landscape! Or in your large yard, starting with fruit trees on your ½ acre! Yes! You can grow trees in containers – dwarf, semi-dwarf fig, avo, citrus, grafted fruit bowl trees having 3 varieties on one tree, have a container orchard!
Did you make it to the Earth Day celebration? Did you see the vertical gardens/biowalls?! Beautifully done. One was structured with little planting pockets. One was a tower including a water and feeding setup. You can do it! Have a whole garden in a few feet of space! Fresh lettuces at your fingertips, strawberries for snacks and to brightly dress your breakfast cereals!
Gophers?! Plant on straw bales laid on their sides. You can plant on/in straw bales on top of concrete or asphalt in a parking lot! One woman I know is experimenting putting soil on top of her bales! Why not?! Or you can carve pockets into the straw, hard labor, be careful. Throw in compost and bag soil, your other favorite amendments, and plant! The decomposing straw makes heat, your plants are happy, and the straw can be spread for mulch when you are done with it!
You can plant just about a whole garden in only 3 five gallon containers! They have a handle so you can move them with the sun during the day, or put them on a plant dolly to roll about. Put tall plants like tomatoes or bean vines in the back, stuff in a trellis to hold them up. Put some draping tasties at the front – lettuces, strawberries maybe. Put peppers, eggplant in the middle. Dwarf, patio, often early varieties, are smaller and quicker! Do a dwarf bush zucchini with a mini melon at its feet, or a SpaceMaster cucumber!
Any place you have 6 to 8 hours of sun you can plant veggies. Containers have the advantages of no gophers, no soil diseases if you use bagged soils/composts. Containers can be toxic free reused items, to the most lovely artistic gems in the world, that you might have even made yourself, right there on your doorstep!
There are super duper self watering systems for purchase or you can easily make. It’s so simple to do you won’t believe it!
Be sure to keep your plants well fed, especially when they are blooming and producing fruits. They are working hard for you.
It’s sustainable to grow your own food! No packaging, the freshest and most nutritious it can be! Live well and have fun doing it!