Change is good,change is good, change is good, ohm…… this has become my new mantra. I have to touch back on this thought often these days. There are big things on the horizon for me. You see, I just sold my house. I purchased it six years ago and dove head first into the garden. I ripped up large portions of lawn, put in raised beds, and for the past six years have been growing (and killing) plants with glee!
With the big move looming around July 1st, it has really taken some love out of my gardening habits. I am planting for someone else to enjoy? Selfishness has set in.
This change has turned my sights to containers.
I have never put many vegetables in containers. The extent of my container gardening has been mostly for a decorative note and a few invasive herbs (ie my mojito habit).
The one problem I am having is that containers are expensive! And HEAVY! I have collected a few odd pots over the years. I bought some really awesome pots at IKEA a few years ago, that were fairly inexpensive for being such big fancy ceramic pots. I just dug up my fig tree and put it in one of these! I am not looking forward to moving these as they are so heavy. Good thing I have strong friends!
I purchased some small, 10 gallon aluminum trash cans for my tomatoes. I love these on so many levels! They are metallic so they attract sunshine, which makes the soil warm up quicker. They look good (especially if I were to ever throw down on one of those rad feed troughs!). They are pretty lightweight for their size and pretty easy to move around. And one of the biggest reasons I bought them is because they were inexpensive!
Thankfully I had a gift certificate for West Seattle Nursery, because when I saw them, I had to have them! Crescent Planters are plastic so they are super lightweight and durable but they also come in so many great shapes, colors and sizes! Now could they just be made out of recycled plastic and also be made in the United States? The price would have been more justifiable. I am really looking forward to planting a little salad garden in the pink bowl!
I have so many plants to move so my mind has been wandering towards items that are free, reused or recycled. A friend hooked me onto planting salad in old gutters which I think is a great idea! I fashioned this potato bin out of chicken wire and zip ties last year.(PS, it was fairly successful, however the hunt continues for the ~perfect~ potato bin)!
Do you have any great reused,recycled or inexpensive container ideas? Any tips on moving a garden? I would love to hear about them!