Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Container Gardening

At Grow Food, Grow Hope we have found ourselves in a container gardening experiment. And it has been a HUGE success!

Our friends at McCarty Gardens were kind enough to donate apprxomately $400 worth of vegetable plugs to Grow Food, Grow Hope to place in our various gardens throughout Clinton County. For those of you who may not know, a vegetable plug is a seedling that is started in a very small cell, approximately 1/2 inch across and 1 inch deep, and when we received them they were ready to be replanted.

Since we did not have a supply of traditional pots, we took whatever we had on hand, some potting soil, and planted in recycled objects. Our supply of plastic cups and empty tin cans soon held tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, and various other vegetables.

Items pulled from the recycling bin have all become refuge to homeless seedlings including deli containers, crystal light packages, two liter soda and Hawaiian punch bottles.

A recycling bin finds new use with a group of seedlings.

Not only did we have a fun time experimenting with container gardening, it has also been highly successful! Several weeks in the containers and as you can see the seedlings are growing despite their seemingly odd habitats and are ready to plant!

So as you can see, when it comes to container gardening the sky is the limit! Plants can truly grow in any container provided they receive enough light, water, and nutrients from the soil in which they are planted. Seedlings can grow in much smaller containers than larger plants so be sure to have larger containers for full grown vegetable plants such as tomatoes and peppers.

Want more advice about container gardening? Contact us with any questions at growfoodgrowhope@gmail.com or by phone at 937-382-6661 ext 321.

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