Hey Space Cadets, I hope everyone is doing amazing today! I wanted to show you my latest achievement during this COVID lockdown! I managed to get my small Victory Garden up and running! I don’t have a large useable yard, but I have a 5-foot by 5-foot concrete patio that I can use. With few options, I planted a small bucket garden, which I’m very proud of. This is my first garden; I’ve never even had a house plant before this. Luckily, my mother-in-law was raised in the sticks and knew what she was about. We appointed her the Gardener General, and she showed us the ways of the hillbilly hick! Shh, don’t tell her that I said that!
A little bit about my process, in case you were curious! I used 5-gallon buckets that I bought from Lowe’s Hardware store, nothing exceptional about them other than that they were on sale. I then drilled holes in the bottom of them and lined the bucket with small rocks to prevent the dirt from coming out. Then I added potting soil that I enriched with used coffee grounds and planted my crops. For my first attempt, I wasn’t very ambitious, I planted things that the General said were idiot-proof; cilantro, basil, thyme, lavender, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and red peppers. Even if all of this year’s crop die, I learned that I can apply next year. This isn’t a one and done thing for me, I plan on continuing to maintain a garden for many years to come.
What about you, or any of you guys gardeners? What kind of stuff to you? Seriously, this has become something of interest in, so I’ll happily listen to your green thumb stories!
Until next time, stay frosty, and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!
–> As usual, all images came from Google’s images in the “labeled for reuse” section or are owned by JR Handley.
4 thoughts on “All About the Gardening”
Hi, I have a garden every year and I use the 5 gal. buckets for my potatoes, they work pretty well unless we just get hit with a ton of rain. I like the buckets because, in case of said rain, they are easy to either move or cover to control the amount of moisture they get. If they get too soggy and don’t drain well enough, you get rotten potatoes. :-(. I do have a bit of yard for everything else such as cucumbers, beans, squash, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and a variety of peppers. My experiment this year is growing a hot sauce garden, a variety of hot peppers, and herbs. So we shall see how that turns out. I caution you about the rocks in the bottom of the buckets, I tried that one year and at the end of the season when I dumped the potatoes out, rocks were mixed in with everything and it was a pain to sort them out.
Best of luck, can’t wait to hear how it turns out.
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I’ll keep you posted! I just harvest peppers, working on some of the herbs this week!
Good luck with your victory garden. We started last year with chives, rosemary, parsley, oregano, thyme and coriander (I think that’s what you call cilantro). None of these have yet died! We have basil too, but now that the frogs have left us, it needs 24-hour protection from assault by slugs and snails.
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Thanks, we just harvested some red peppers! Gonna use them in some recipe and eat my garden!