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Container Planting Goals

Container Planting Goals

It is early, but as I waited for hubby to finish browsing at UFA I couldn’t help but be drawn to the seed display. I longingly glanced at different varieties of veggies and flowers & got my first butterflies of excitement at the thought of spring. I know, I know, it’s only January…but I still walked out of there with a packet of heirloom dwarf curled kale. (Mmm – kale Ceasar Salad – more on that in a later post!) Since we are pretty much starting from scratch in the landscape department over here I’ve been giving a lot of thought to our garden area & how to go about creating an easier, generously producing and visually appealing space. For years I battled with a massive, weed infested garden plot and I’ve zero desire or time to deal with that again. I’m 99.9% sure my heart is set on a raised bed garden, raised beds using metal troughs from our local farm store in particular. There were many advantages to going the stock tank route when doing some research. As well as being an attractive alternative to wooden raised beds, metal troughs will last forever and will keep burrowing animals out. Troughs come in a variety of sizes, shapes & heights – taller options eliminate having to bend down, which equals a happy back. Perfect in my books! One will also want to drill holes in the bottom of the tank to allow for proper drainage. Like other containers, troughs can dry out faster than in ground plantings. Checking the moisture level frequently is key – if you detect moisture 2-3” down, you’re probably good. Don’t over compensate by watering too much – plants don’t like their roots in a “soupy” soil. Troughs tend to warm up faster in the spring, so planting a little earlier might be an option. It will also warm up significantly in the summer months so be careful when touching the metal. Heat loving crops like tomatoes and peppers will likely love the extra soil warm the trough will provide. As I count down the days until I can really get my hands dirty I guess I’ll just have to settle with stalking the seed displays.

Pic source: cynthiaweber.com

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