If you don’t have space for a full out vegetable garden, you can still grow veggies! Just do it in a container!
Growing vegetables in a container is very similar to growing flowers in a container. The video above gives you quick step by step instructions.
Choose your container
Choose your vegetables according to similarities in the type of environment they’ll do best in. For instance, if the container is to be in full sun, choose vegetables that all like full sun. If some like shade and some like sun, only some of them will be happy and grow healthy.
Add good quality potting mix to the container
Soak the vegetable plants in the nursery pots in water until the soil around the roots is wet
Remove the vegetable plants from the nursery pots and untangle the roots if they are at all root bound
Plant them in the container at the same depth they were in the nursery pot
Water well and make sure you water again when the soil begins to dry out.
Permaculture is a fascinating concept that’s quickly becoming the latest hot trend in gardening and agriculture. Just as with any gardening method, there are plenty of opinions about what permaculture is and why it’s so important.
In the video below, you’ll hear a great explanation. Contrary to what many believe, permaculture is technique that is supportive of both the environment and its human occupants. It’s regenerative, restorative, self sustaining and stable.
In modern agriculture, we’ve seen the growth of the mega-farm and the dying out of the small family farm. Mega-farms are formed when big conglomerates buy up small family farms and begin mass farming crops. Under this system, acres and acres of farmland are dedicated to a single crop. In many ways, this is reminiscent of conveyor belt production where one person will repetitively repeat the same small task hundreds of times a day in order to increase productivity.
Permaculture, on the other hand, allows the same acre, or part of an acre, to be planted with diverse crops all growing simultaneously and in harmony. Not surprisingly, this makes it far easier for ordinary people to become engaged in growing their own food. Some are doing so even on suburban lots of a fifth of an acre or less.
In Pasadena, California, one such permaculture operation is run by a family in their 1/10th acre suburban garden. They are able to not only supply almost all their own needs, they have an excess of high quality produce that they’re able to sell at local farmer’s markets and to high end restaurants. They grow over 6000lbs of crops a year comprising over 400 varieties of plants. The children in the family have grown up with this simpler, healthier life style and now, as adults, want to continue the tradition.
Permaculture is the antithesis of the large agribusiness industry. It’s a return to the way our ancestors lived. Simply, sustainably and successfully developing a deeper relationship with the land and with each other. The heart of permaculture is the nurture of both people and the environment.
If you’re interested in finding out more about permaculture, please feel free to come into Tanglebank Gardens and chat with us.