Tuesday, August 2, 2022

For Such A Time as This, part 17: Don't Listen to the Naysayers!

Because of our sandy soil, we do a lot of gardening in raised beds and 25-gallon containers.  And, while it's true that you can't grow as much in raised beds and containers as you can in a row garden, it sure beats nothing!

I'm getting ready to start fall planting and am working on cleaning out the remnants of our spring/summer raised beds and container garden. The chickens love it when I do this as they and the compost pile get well fed!

I have 3 raised beds that are cleaned, empty, ready to have the soil amended and replanted, but there are 2 others that are still working hard ...

this one is producing/growing butternut squash ...
(This is just one of several baby butternuts that are in this raised bed.)

and this one is growing/producing sweet potatoes.

Don't listen to the naysayers that say you can't grow food in raised beds and containers.   Yes, it will mean you'll have to learn new ways and methods and it will take a different mindset.  It will also take creativity and effort on your part, but it can be done.  For such a time as this, don't let the naysayers convince you that you don't have any options for growing your own food because you don't have the right soil, live in the right place, have enough acreage or the large equipment needed.

You do have options; it can be done!

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  1. Amen, Patsy. Our garden is raised bed and container and we get quite a bit . Last year we planted sweet potatoes in bags which yielded us 30 pounds. We also raised russets in bags. This year our containers are producing chard, lettuce, carrots, a second planting of zucchini, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, several plantings of radishes
    Basil, orégano. The raised bed is producing russet potatoes, more chard, butternut squash and acorn squash. We harvested beets and the soil has been amended to plant collard greens. We will harvest the last of the green beans and amend the soil for fall carrots and beets. Because our soil is mostly shake we have a!ways used containers and a raised bed.

    1. Cookie, we're like you, we grow a variety of things in raised bed and containers. I like the fact that I can work on one or two at a time as time and health permits.

  2. This is a good reminder. My pots of tomatoes and peppers are NOT producing much this summer. Did I amend my soil before planting? Nope! That explains it. Duly noted for next spring.

    1. Lori, amending the soil, occasional fertilizing and regular watering are the 3 things that we contribute to the success of our raised bed and container gardening.

  3. Absolutely! We are all containers on one end of our deck because our property is in heavy shade except for a few places that get just two hours of f sun. We don't harvest a lot but it is fun and rewarding.


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