In my part of the world, the hot, sunny summer growing season does not overlap much with the rainy season. It can go weeks without a drop of rain in the summer, which makes watering my vegetable garden daily a necessity. But summer is also vacation time, so if you don’t have a sprinkler system, how do you keep everything from dying while you’re gone? Don’t worry, there are a variety of DIY solutions to this problem. Continue Reading
Vertical gardens are all the rage these days, but buying everything you need for a decent looking setup can get quite expensive. Fortunately, where there's a will there's a way (and a cost-effective DIY version): a space-saving vertical garden is as easy as finding a pallet!
Fern Richardson of the blog Life on the Balcony shares this tutorial for making your own vertical garden from discarded pallets*. It's a pretty simple project that would be a great thing to tackle on one of these fine Spring weekends! Continue Reading
What’s better than chomping on food you grew yourself? Not a lot
really. Except maybe chomping on food you grew yourself in a tiny
space, without a garden, as if by MAGIC (like 8th-floor-balcony,
middle-of-the-city Sweet Peppers). TheKitchn has a roundup of the loveliest, tiniest veggie patches for us urbanites looking for
inspiration to play in the dirt. There are links to the best crops for
pots (“crops” squee!) and a how-to on building self watering containers. Continue Reading
If you’ve never dug for potatoes, you don’t know what you’re missing. Finding spuds hiding in dirt is sort of like uncovering buried treasure. That is until your garden fork impales one of the darlings.
Generally speaking, a potato patch involves a good amount of garden space, which means patio and balcony crops are out of the question, right? Nope. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, you can grow potatoes in a garbage can, or any large container, for that matter. Continue Reading
The Lifestyle section of MSN offers an article from Country Living on the myriad options of growing contained greenery. “The most utilitarian of garden objects, pots serve several vital functions. First, they're home to plants we can’t or don't want to grow directly in the ground (this includes house plants). In regions where the soil is dense with clay, containers offer gardeners a welcoming environment in which t nurture plants that sulk and die in heavy soil, such as lilies, tomatoes, and lavender. Continue Reading