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Container gardening puts fresh vegetables in everyone's reach

Whether you live on a boat or a rock cliff, when you really put your mind to it you can garden anywhere. This is true even if you are a renter, have deer or very difficult soil, Sometimes, it is just downright more productive to carve out your own space to garden, so let’s talk container gardening.

 If you are a rookie gardener, you may want to start small, but not too small—choose a container at least 14 in. wide or a container that holds about 3 gallons of soil. Be creative and you will  be surprised what you can recycle for great container gardening vessels. Those pickle buckets are perfect, especially if they are already cracked on the bottom; if they’re not, drill holes for drainage. 

Old dog food or strong feed sacks can be cleaned with bleach water and turned inside out for a perfect potato grow bag. Line the dog food sack with a black garbage bag and slit with many holes on the bottom and side. Position your potato bag in 6-8 hours of sun.  Roll the bag down on the sides and fill with 6-8 inches of soil; position your potatoes with 2-3 inch cubes of cut potato (all with 2-3 eyes pointing UP) and cover with another 6 inches of  half potting soil/half compost mix.  As the plant grows to about 6 inches high, bury the lower crown of the leaves again until just 2 inches show. Continue to add soil as the plant grows and roll the sides of the dog bag up—make sure you water well, but let the bag dry out between watering. After they are fully bloomed out and start to yellow, stop watering so the potato skins can dry. When you’re ready to harvest, just cut open the bag and voila!—potatoes everywhere.

You can even use an old pallet for flowers or very shallow rooted vegetables such as herbs, lettuce, mustard, kale spinach, radishes, and short carrots – Chantenay, Danvers or Little Finger. If you are using a pallet for food, make sure you know what was being shipped on the pallet.  Staple weed fabric to the back of the pallet and fill with loose, good quality potting soil, near the site you want to stand it up because it will get VERY heavy! Plant between the slats as it lies on the ground before the plants settle in, and keep it well watered.

If you want more ideas about how to garden in containers, the Internet is your friend. And if you haven’t checked it out yet, visit Pinterest (pinterest.com), type “container gardening” into the search bar, and prepare to be amazed. And then, get growing!

Nancy Hastings grew up on a 300+ acre farm and now is co-owner of All Seasons Garden & Floral in Sandpoint,  She and her husband John have been cultivating community gardens and growing for 16 years in North Idaho.  You can reach them with garden questions or sign up for classes at [email protected]

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Nancy Hastings Nancy Hastings grew up on a 300+ acre farm and is co-owner of All Seasons Garden and Floral in Sandpoint, She and her husband John have been cultivating community gardens and growing for 15 years in North Idaho. You can reach them with garden questions or sign up for classes atllseasonsgardenandfloral(at)gmail.com.

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