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Thursday, October 5, 2017

 

Container garden update

From the original post I made on Sept 17th I built a container 2 feet x 3 feet x 10 inches deep cutting in
enough slots for drainage and air flow. Lined the bottom and sides with burlap, Filled the first five inches with potting mix and the required amount of water storing crystals using formula per 5 gallons. Then I laid down a layer of untreated charcoal that were smashed down to about the size of a quarter or less. I would say about two quarts spread evenly across the mix. Then I finished of the balance of the container with the potting mix containing the amount of ironite needed and a few handful's of black cow blending all this together. Planted a one foot x two foot section with radishes. The radishes are up about two inches now doing well. Then another one foot section with bunching onion transplants I started from seed. The onions are touch and go on those. Onions are finicky little rascals on what they require. Do not know if they are worth the trouble when I can get bunching onions at the store for my salad for like $1.00 a bundle.
http://www.faa.gov.nl.ca/agrifoods/plants/pdf/onions.pdf.

The last one foot section some purple top turnips to see what they will do. planted them pretty thick as I only broadcast sown the seeds. Turnips are up about 1.5 inches and will thin them shortly. Will take the turnip thinnings and use them in a bowl of green salad. Should be nice and tender at that size.

Next I dumped the four 16 x 16 x 12" deep containers of garden dirt and washed them out. Took them to the garage and rebuilt them to 16 inches deep and cutting in drainage and air flow slots. I was doing some research on vegetable root system sizes and found that quite interesting on root sizes for different plants. Containers still may be a little small but that is the biggest I will go. [root systems: http://soilandhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/01aglibrary/010137veg.roots/010137toc.html Then I Lined the boxes with burlap, done ten inches of potting mix with water storing crystals, put a layer of charcoal, filled the last five inches with potting mix, ironite and black cow all blended together. Have two boxes with Rutgers tomatoes and two boxes of bell pepper in them already. Around the outside edge of each box I planted seeds of turnips, carrots, bunching onions and spinach to see how that pans out.

Now I have one seedling of the Siberian tomato up about one and a half inch, one zucchini and one yellow squash they are up about one inch. Will need to build a container for each one of those. See how they survive this time around.

Should have some radishes to harvest shortly if they do well. Must be about 50 or so plants in that one foot section.


Comments:
Sounds like you're making good progress. I've not done a container garden but have done plenty of house plants in plastic pots. You can line the bottom of the pot & even up the sides with plastic window screen to hold soil inside. I've also used the fiber roll weed barrier stuff you use in islands then put mulch on top just like the window screen. It also allows drainage while holding soil inside pots. Just a suggestion.

To keep roots from getting waterlogged if they were to remain in standing water (in one of those plastic drip trays you put under house plants) I've used a layer of plain styro peanuts at the bottom of the pot then put amended potting soil on top if it. For house plants both techniques worked out well for both planting and repotting. I used to use pebbles in the bottom of pots but in my old age, decided styro is much lighter to lug around. Hope this gives you some more ideas. Good luck!!!
That window screen sounds like a good idea. I figure the burlap will rot eventually. Widow screen comes in fiberglass if I remember correctly.

If I had the yard for it which I do not I would be rotilling up a section and planting directly in the ground. Containers and potting mix can be costly. The material and potting mix just for one container is around $25,00 and I build the container myself. I seen wooden containers that are costly at the garden center.
I spent $50.00 just for the amount of dirt, black cow and fertilizer I dumped and spread around in the yard.
Should grow nice looking weeds. ROFLMAO

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