Thursday, May 9, 2013

The big "plant"

I decided this year since we still don't have a forever home, we would make a container garden instead of putting effort and money into making a box planter.  I researched all kinds of YouTube videos and read lots of reviews and internet articles regarding which plants thrive best in containers and the best kind of containers to use.  After buying all our materials, seeds, soil and planters, we dove in:

We started with cucumbers, celery and zucchini.  I bought all organic seeds and used organic soil.  Even though the seeds and soil were a little more expensive (roughly 50 cents a pack and $3 per soil bag), I decided it was worth it.  Buying organic vegetables is so much more expensive.  I couldn't believe that the seeds literally looked exactly like the seeds inside the vegetables we eat.  At the end of this season, I am researching how to harvest seeds for next year so I won't even have to buy the seed packets next year.

Our first round, we bought plastic flower pots at least 12 inches in diameter.  All the resources I found said to plant top growing vegetables (like cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, lettuce, celery) in your smaller containers because they don't have to grow down.

 In all the videos I watched, every one recommended using five gallon buckets to grow tomatoes and carrots.  I happened to have a couple extra buckets hanging around, so I drilled four 1/4 inch holes an inch from the bottom and four more in the bottom of the bucket.  Then I added rocks at the bottom for irrigation, I would have liked to add two layers of rocks but I only had enough for one. The boys added organic soil up to three inches from the top.
The last containers we used were 28 oz tomato cans.  I drilled 4 - 1/8 inch holes around the bottom and three in the bottom.  Then I spray painted the sides a couple times with white spray paint and had the kids paint the cans with acrylic paint.  After filling up the cans with more organic soil, we planted three different kinds of herbs in each can, Sage, Thyme and Dill.  These are my Mother's Day presents this year.

It has been two weeks since we planted our seeds, we have had MAJOR growth!  I love it!  I am so excited for our vegetables to grow enough for us to eat and to stop buying from the grocery store.

The resources I used:

Vegetable Container Gardening -
Best Herb Containers -
Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips for Beginners -
Grow Potatoes in a 5 Gallon bucket -
Best of 10 Uses for Common Household Products -
13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves -
Using Epsom Salt as a fertilizer -
Growing carrots in a 2 liter bottle -


  1. I saw your garden. It's beautiful! The kids are very proud of their work. What a wonderful learning experience.

  2. Thanks Marilyn! The frost this weekend killed my tomatoes, zucchini and cucumber I am afraid. I brought them inside, but I don't know if they are going to make it.