Planting And Inexpensive Garden Decorating Ideas
Some chairs, buckets and jugs do the trick
Easter colors brighten a garden spot
In 2015 I planted tomatoes in painted soap buckets having drilled holes in the bottoms, a layer of small rocks and soil from the garden, and a top layer of potting soil. Their yields were good and there was no need for weeding them.
To add to the scene, I spray painted the buckets with yellow, red, green, and blue spray paint.
The following year we added a secondary water system and no longer needed a handy supply of saved milk jugs filled with water to add water to key areas of the garden/orchard during extended dry days, so I decided the gallon jugs could also be used to add color.
Spray painting fresh paint onto the buckets was a breeze, and, by purchasing a package of food coloring at a local supermarket, I set about adding the colored water jugs to the scene.
The one package of food coloring was sufficient to turn 62 gallon jugs of water into the rainbow of colors you see in the photo above, by adding 12 drops of the various food coloring colors to individual jugs of water and tightening the caps that had been saved.
Plain buckets can be purchased, but we simply used buckets we had saved over the years. The milk jugs accumulated from having as many as nine of us here for parts of each month, and enjoying milk as part of our daily foods and beverage.
The previous year's soil mix and small rocks refilled the tomato buckets once the paint was freshened and a little fresh potting soil was added.
The whole exercise ran about $20.00 excluding the cost of the fresh potting soil used, and the work was done while nighttime temperatures were too low for putting our transplants in the garden.
Painting some pots, and coloring some jugs of water, can add color to a deck, porch, or garden area. I chose the basic colors, but the color choices are all yours.
Garden Plans For 2016
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2015 Wear and Tear, placed around an added pyramid.
What will be planted in the 2016 Garden?
Vegetables and Fruits
Days To First Harvest
* Tomatoes and other crops grown from transplants have shorter growing times. Times listed presume growth from seeds planted outdoors.
Summer Squash. 7/12
Pole Beans 7/17
Winter Squash. 8/27
[Times are approximate, so allow as much as an extra week, if planting June 1, 2016.]
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