Tuesday, June 9, 2009

WFMW - tub gardening

I love gardening - the feel and smell of rich earth, the quiet pleasure of watching plants thrive (or not, as the case may be!). And fresh vegetables to feed my little family. But I do not love weeding, bending over, or the cost of expensive containers.

So this round of vegetables are being grown in these inexpensive plastic tub trugs instead. The tubs are flexible, lightweight and have very convenient handles. They cost A$9.00 each (about US$7.20).

Just be sure to drill some drainage holes in the bottom (being soft plastic, the drill goes through very easily, and the plastic doesn't crack).

Then fill with soil or potting mix and plant out your seedlings. We have tomatoes and cauliflower in at the moment. I am just using a single stake in the centre of the tub, for all of the tomato plants. We will see how this goes.

The tubs get hardly any weeds, are higher up for ease of planting, they are light enough to move around the garden easily and could even be put up on a bench, for no-bending gardening. Perfect for balconies, and renters (like us).

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  1. Great idea Sasha. Those tubs come in handy for everything don't they??

  2. I have always wanted to try this- you made it seem very easy. I think that I might give it a go.

  3. Wonderful idea, but you're going to need three more tubs! Cauliflower takes up a LOT of room and there's no way four plants will fit in that tub, I don't even think two will have room to grow together. I still applaud you for growing your own veggies! It's a wonderful experience and there's nothing like eating a fresh picked tomato right off the vine!

  4. Good idea. Clay pots are expensive, and I'm afraid they'll get broken. I'm going to try this.

  5. That is a good idea! Maybe I'll try this, too.

  6. We have somethign similar but more rigid that had garden toys in, but at 14 and 17 my boys never play with them any more. I was thinking about using it for plants!

  7. our family has gardened like this for years


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