I admit it: I have never had my own garden. I have tried, but I have never succeeded. Growing up, my grandparents had gorgeous gardens. I loved to go out and pick fresh strawberries or grab a carrot from the ground, clean it off and take a bite. In the past, I have tried to grow things, and unfortunately, everything has died, except for the rose bushes I have in my back yard. Now I am planning my first container garden and I hope that this time my brown thumb turns green. You may be asking, why a container garden? Well, I live in Arizona, and we have a weird type of soil where I live — it is very clay-like in consistency. We can definitely garden in it, but it takes more preparation. I have also read that it is very easy for a first-time gardener to succeed with a vegetable or two in a container garden. So, here is my plan. First, I need to find a suitable container. Since I’m focusing on creating an eco-friendly container garden, I need to reuse something I already have. I am thinking that an old crate with a lid that is warped would be great for the container garden. The lid doesn’t fit tightly anymore, so the crate isn’t great for storage. However, I think it would be perfect for a container garden. After that, my kids and I will fill it up with soil and actually plant some vegetables. Right now, the votes are for tomatoes and a type of lettuce. From what I have read, these two vegetables are relatively easy to grow in a container setting, are good in Arizona and the kids love them. I am determined to succeed this time. I have a large yard, and I’d love to expand my lettuce and tomato container garden to include a variety of vegetables and, of course, strawberries. There is nothing tastier than a fresh-from-the-vine strawberry. While my grandmothers had great gardens that I loved to eat from, I never had a desire to learn the art of gardening. Based on my past attempts at gardening, I can honestly say that there is truly an art to it. I hope that by sitting down with my kids and figuring out this together, they’ll be able to grow whatever they want as they get older.
Planning My First Container Garden
Starting a container garden is as easy as finding a container to reuse and prepping the soil for planting.