Container gardening

Beautiful day here in Wellington so I thought I would do a spot of weeding. I have a large section (Mr Ecochick tells me it’s about 3x5m of course I had to ask him as I really don’t know my measurements; I don’t even know where north is – I’m such a girl!) of raised garden that is now seriously over grown with weeds that I want to turn into another veggie garden.
I like that I have lots of space to grow veggies but I am also growing plants in pots. So if you don’t have much room or want an easy way to grow veggies or herbs containers are a great way to go. I started with a few herbs on the window sill then I planted some herbs in pots which have now grown to more herbs in pots with easy access to the kitchen. For even easier access we still have a basil plant on the window sill in the kitchen. 
I’ve also hung up four hanging baskets; one with tomatoes and three with strawberries. Not to mention the fantastic project I found for turning an old pallet into a veggie garden. I have three washing machine inners that I’m growing potatoes and yams in. Container gardening is rewarding and easy to move around if you move house. As you can see there are loads of great ways to grow plants in containers. So give it a try.

12 thoughts on “Container gardening

  1. October 7, 2011 at 8:51 am

    How fascinating….will be coming back to read some more following those links that you have provided….I am wanting to get going with my vegie growing…gotta start somewhere…thanks for sharing

  2. October 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Inspiring post. I love growing my own food.
    I want to increase my number of containers for growing veg and herbs but find that I often lose the plants over the winter and have to start again.
    Maggie (UBC)

  3. October 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’ve got quite a few things growing in containers too. The only downside is how often you have to water them. Even after a day without water they start to look wilty. It makes it tricky to get away on holiday.

  4. October 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Great post! Some of my veggies this year are going into pots and most of my herbs, too. Especially my mint! *shakes fist at mint*

  5. October 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Some good points there guys. It rains here often so I haven’t noticed a problem with wilting. Also I think (maybe?) it depends on what you plant the plants in. I understand that terracotta takes a lot of moisture away from the plats so this might not be a good idea to plant in. Most of my plants are in glazed ceramic pots and generally (when I remember) I put stones in the bottom of the pots. Can’t remember why but mum told me something about it helping with moisture loss. I also fill my pots of potting mix not garden soil if this helps?

  6. October 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    @ Gwen – yes Mr Mint will be staying in a pot. Can’t trust him!!!

  7. October 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Where do you get your washing machine inners from? Great idea for potatoes as I’ve run out of room!

    All my herbs are in pots by the front door and last year all of my tomatoes were in pots. You’re inspiring me to maybe do a gardening blog too Madeleine :)

  8. October 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    The problem with my containers outdoors is that I always forget to water them and then plants wilt and die in our heat! Drives me crazy!

  9. October 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I tried container gardening once. The squirrels dug up the little plants and ate them all *cry* As soon as I can figure out how to keep those guys away from my sproutlings, I’ll try urban gardening again :D

  10. October 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Thanks so much. I am looking forward to starting a garden next spring (I am in the northern hemisphere, so we are heading toward winter now.) These are great ideas.

  11. October 8, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Thanks for the inspiration. This is something both Tammie and I have wanted to try. (we are fellow UBC bloggers, btw).

  12. October 8, 2011 at 4:25 am

    I use Earth Boxes–unbelievable–how much they hold.

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