Dot’s Container Garden

A Wicking Container Once More

When I discovered that the compost in my wicking wheelie bin container with my tomato was quite dry I initially thought that my wicking set up in it wasn’t working. So then I just started using it as a normal container watering it from the top. Then I noticed the ground it was sitting on […]

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Extending Your Harvest Period: Enjoying Your Produce For Longer

  There are a number of ways to extend your harvest period one of these is to preserve your surplus produce for later use. Some crops lend themselves better than others to this. Some things can be canned or frozen or made into pickles, jams or preserves. Others can be fermented and made very beneficial […]

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Growing Vertically and Making Use of Resources

If you can train your plants to grow vertically it means you can get more production from a small space;as well as keep unruly plants tamed. Some things like tomatoes and cucumbers would just take over a small space if left unsupported and untamed leaving little room to grow much else. Being able to grow […]

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Wicking, Self-Watering, Subterranean, Sub-irrigated Planters or Containers

  I have been experimenting with wicking planters (Self Watering, Subterranean, Sub-irrigated, or whatever else they might be called). I have had some store bought containers which are supposedly self-watering but never seemed to work in that way, even though they really are one of my favorite containers as far as size and shape goes […]

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Moving Containers During the Season

  Some vegetable plants especially leafy ones like my lettuce and spinach are just like us humans…we like to seek out a bit of shade when the sun gets intense. Now that our weather is warming up it was getting too hot for my lettuce and spinach to be getting so much sun. My spinach […]

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Space to Grow: Thinning and Spacing

I have just recently thinned my lettuce and spinach. Plants need space to grow! How much space they need depends on the size of the mature plant. So when you are planting your plants it is important to take note of the recommended spacing which can usually be found on the plant label or on […]

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Tomato Regrowth

My seedling tomato wasn’t looking that great back in July (my winter) but it was producing tasty tomatoes. After it finished fruiting I cut it back as there was a bit of fresh growth in the bottom.   Now (Nov) it has sprouted away and even has some flowers. The beauty of living in a […]

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Succession Planting Keeping the Production Going

Having a continuous supply of vegetables takes a bit of planning; it doesn’t just happen by planting and sowing at one time. I have had lettuces growing in 2 containers made from old cases which were no longer travel worthy. Just recently I tipped out my first case lettuce garden contents after they had gone […]

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Time to Make Compost

I like to use my compost as my growing medium for my containers so it is very valuable to me. What I do isn’t a very sophisticated practice by any means. I usually start a new heap when I have mown the lawn and have some grass clippings as a base. In our dry climate […]

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