Last year, I got a big container for free (I can't remember what they're originally used for, but it's a holding container that's been cut in half), and I also used three big black nursery pots.
The side of our neighbor's house has an ignored weed patch, that I also cleaned up and used for the first time last year, with permission.
This year, I've added a produce crate, (also free), that I lined with plastic and filled with dirt, a wooden box with, what I believe to be leeks, from our neighbors who moved, and the most exciting part, a STOCK TANK!!!!
I've wanted one forever and ever and ever.
But, they're super expensive.
I bought this one used from someone in the neighborhood for $50 bucks.
Not a screaming deal, but way cheaper than new.
The big planter on the far left is the one I started with last year.
Right now I have radishes, carrots, chard, lettuce, and garlic goin' in it.
Like I said, the pot of leeks (?) came as-is from the neighbors.
I put two different types of cucumbers in the crate behind it, four plants total.
One of the black nursery pots has my raspberry in it, which is already getting flowers (!), and the other two have volunteer tomatoes coming up from last year.
I'm super excited to be giving potatoes a go this year.
I was given seed potatoes by two different neighbors.
I built a potato tower based on this one on March 26th, and can't wait to see some green peeking out the sides.
I keep thinking any day now.
I typically wouldn't be planting tomatoes this early, but I was at the nursery and another shopper told me I HAD to grow this one because it was the best she had ever had, performance and taste-wise.
Who was I to say no?
So I bought it and stuck it in.
It's called Tumbling Tom.
Also in the ground is a piece of oregano that I transplanted from the original plant, that was threatening to take over the world. The rest went bye bye. And a piece of tarragon that a neighborhood gardener gave me.
Onto the stock tank.
It would have cost a small fortune to fill that sucker, so I asked Grace what she used in the bottom of hers.
I pretty much copied her exactly, using things I had on hand.
My intention was to put it up on a flat cart with wheels first, but The Dad kept saying he'd bring me one from work, he kept forgetting, and I'm super impatient, so I started without it.
I still plan on getting it up off the ground, though.
I had some straw leftover from the potato tower, so I put a thin layer down on the bottom.
Then I filled it with gallon nursery pots, turned upside down.
I cut a piece of chicken wire to lay across the pots.
Grace suggested an old sheet for the next layer, but all I could find was an old piece of thin painter's canvas, so I used that.
Next, I put in a layer of straw.
Partly because I had it and needed to do something with it, but it also helped hold the fabric in place before dumping in soil.
Now, even with the false bottom in place, I was still lookin' at a good amount of soil to fill it.
I went with the least expensive option.
I found the three cubic feet of garden soil at Home Depot for a little over $8 bucks.
The fact that it was organic was just a bonus, 'cause it was the cheapest they had.
I put the whole bag in, then raided my compost pile.
I got two of the largest nursery pots full and put that in.
I also added most of a bag of steer manure (I had to save enough to put some on my rhubarb, 'cause they love it).
Once I got it all added, I cut the ends of the fabric off and tucked it down in.
It could still use a bit more, (after I took these pictures it rained and settled it quite a bit), but maybe I'll just pick up a bag or two of potting soil to add in.
And here's how it all looks (ignore the table).
I twitch a little when it comes to utilitarian gardens.
I need pretty, even in the case of growing food.
So it all looks a little clunky right now, but once things are planted, and the green is more prominent, I think it'll be good.
Don't be surprised if I sneak some flowers into that stock tank before it's all said and done.