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Garden accessories question…?

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

I have a paved garden area. I want to grow vegetables in some kind of cheap, large rectangular container.

Ideally I want two containers – 180cm long, 80 cm wide and 60 cm high, approximately. Alternatively, I would be happy to use 2 or 3 smaller containers side by side, to occupy these dimensions.

Does anybody have any suggestions as to cheap containers I could use (such as recycling crates – but where do I get them) – to avoid having to buy expensive terracotta planter boxes?

I live in Adelaide, South Australia.


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Tips on Organic Vegetable Gardening

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

It isn’t hard to explore the possibilities of organic vegetable gardening, and there can be many benefits. One of the benefits is being able to use your own hands to grow food that you and your family will enjoy. You will spend quite a bit of money not purchasing produce from stores, and you won’t have to worry about what kinds of pesticides and other contaminants are in your food.

You can do organic vegetable gardening just about anywhere. There are even hanging planters that you can hang and have a variety of tomatoes and other vegetables growing in. Organic gardening can be as simple as having an herb garden in your window, or as elaborate as a big plot of land, with many varieties.

If you are just a beginner at organic vegetable gardening, you should probably start off small. There are many different kinds of planter boxes available, and the nice thing about planter boxes is they are portable. If the weather starts turning bad, they are much easier to cover with plastic, and you can even move them into the garage if necessary.

Start with some sterile organic soil from any quality nursery or garden supply store. If you are not sure about the soil, here is a simple way to make sure it is safe. Take a shallow tray or pan and put a layer of the questionable soil down, then put it in the oven at 180 degrees for thirty minutes. You can spray the soil a little to create steam to cut down the time a little if you want. You can always tell the family they really are going to have to eat dirt that night and see what they say.

When picking what seeds to use when organic vegetable gardening, start out with something that is simple and easy to grow, but something that everyone will eat. Tomatoes and peas are good simple ideas, but you will have to make some kind of trellis in your planter box for best results. Another good colorful idea that many people use is to plant groups of different vegetables together. One planter may have different kinds of squash growing, which can be quite an attraction in the Fall.

Ever wonder what to do with all those table scraps that end up getting your pet fat? Why not start a compost bin. Then all those scraps can be turned into rich organic fertilizer for organic vegetable gardening. You can find many complete units, tips on making the perfect composter, and plenty of DIY kits. The nice part about using compost is that you can put all those grass clippings and dead leaves somewhere other than over the fence.

A really nice way to water your organic vegetable gardening is with a rain barrel. Instead of your gutters draining water wastefully on the ground, modify them to fill a water barrel. You can use recycled plastic drums, or any other sturdy, non toxic container. All you need to do is cut the vertical runner for your gutter, measuring the height of the container. Leave enough room so that you can easily remove the water container. This is ideal for areas where water is rationed at certain times of the year, and you can find rain barrels cheaply. 😉

Organic Vegetable Garden

Organic Vegetable Garden

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