Friday, March 22, 2019

Gardening Journal: Container Gardening and Raised Beds

Things are hopping in the gardening department here at A Working Pantry acreage!  All the prep work we've been doing the past couple of months is starting to come together and while we haven't harvested anything from the garden yet, the promise of it is there.

Come along and let me show you what I'm talking about!  From small solo cups in the greenhouse to huge pots inside and outside the greenhouse, we're knee-deep in container gardening … 

Broccoli plants are almost ready to plant.  As soon as their second set of leaves develop a little more, I'll put them in the ground.  If we don't beat the heat of our summers the broccoli will bolt and lessen the harvest we get. 

My moringa 'trees' survived the transplant into a bigger pot and their  'move' into the greenhouse!  They are already putting on new growth!

In our container garden we have radishes growing in one pot and spring onions thriving in another …  (the pvc pipe in the pictures is our watering system).  We have 20 of these huge pots that we are growing different foods in this year.  In the other pots we have more spring onions, beets, asparagus, garlic chives, fingerling potatoes, garlic and comfrey growing.  We purchased the pots from our local feed store.

In our tractor tire raised beds we have garlic growing and horseradish …  (We have 6 of these huge tractor tires that we're growing different foods in this year.)   In the other four tires we are growing a different kind of garlic, ginger, turmeric and asparagus (We got our first asparagus harvest today!  It was only 4 stalks but that tells us it is ready to start producing.)

I have one more raised bed to show you!  Remember the frame my husband built to keep the rabbits from harvesting what we're growing before we do!!!  Take a peek at what we're growing in it now … cabbage!  There are 31 plants of cabbage growing in it … where the rabbits can't get to them!  Take that you rascally rabbits!

In this gardening post today, I've focused on container and raised bed gardening.  What I hope you take away from this post is that you can successfully garden in containers and in raised beds.  If you don't have much acreage or like us your soil is really sandy, I hope this post has shown you that you can still garden.  Sometimes we have to think 'outside the box' … and 'inside the box' … and 'all around the box' for methods that work for our particular situation!

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27
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  1. Wow great job! You will have a bountiful harvest!
    You have inspired me to plant more this year, even if I don't have a very big area. Thanks!

    1. Kathy, where there is a will, there is a way!


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