Growing Potted Vegetables
Like many each year I have struggled to grow a garden. Although I have a enough space in my yard I will admit that over the past few years it has been a big chore. I have a business, a day job and many side projects but I have struggled on mostly for my daughter, primarily to enhance her childhood and give her something we can do together. Not that we don't do a lot of things together anyway but it is nice to have at least a little garden when you have children.
This year like every other I waked into my backyard and gave it a little cleaning and prepared to dig up the soil. Also to do a massive weeding job. But something told me there just had to be an easier way so like I normally do when faced with a big question I researched it. In my research I found some alternatives to digging the ground up by hand and planting the whole garden.
In several videos and pictures I saw that many people do grow vegetables in pots. Mind you they are usually deeper pots but with some vegetables like spinach, lettuce, radishes, etc it really doesn't have to be deep. Some of the pots I have seen for these types of vegetables were maybe 5 - 6 inches high but still got the job done. In some cases I saw inventive arrangements, using old chimney pipes, small garbage cans, pails and other containers all used to grow vegetables.
Garden boxes were another option. It would still be a great place for many vegetable plants and eliminate the need for me to dig up the ground in my back yard. It would also mean very little weeding compared to the never ending job of doing it in our garden. Many of these boxes were small garden sized but I also saw people used window boxes, and other oddly shaped boxes hanging from railings, porches, patios, fences and otherwise arranged to use what space they had to use.
I discovered a device called a Topsy Turvey which is a thick fabric tube that when filled with soil is hung from a balcony, porch, fence, patio etc. The plant, whether it be a tomato, cucumber or other larger plant would hang from the underside of the tube with it's roots in the tube with dirt. The plant would hang and go with gravity over time and you would water in the top of the tube.
Overall I eventually used four Topsy Turvey devices hung from an old swing set. Two tomatoes plants and two cucumber plants. I also used a half dozen large pots in which I had several types of vegetables. My daughter was still very excited to so it and it was a fraction of the work I had poured into it in previous years.
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