In the past I think we've set our goals a bit too high. I believe it could best be summed up as why only do one when you can do so much more?? Instead of easing our way into gardening we attacked like a SWAT team unfortunately our results were more along the lines of the Keystone Cops. That's not to say we didn't enjoy the
We decided to go smaller, much smaller. Instead of four 16-square. foot boxes we opted for container gardening. Finally our thumbs were beginning to change a slight shade of green. Our most successful endeavor was the easiest and the most cost saving. As you know we've been trying to eat healthier. Unfortunately eating healthier costs much more than well NOT!! Especially when it comes to salads. We were dropping almost $20 a week on salad greens and such. Well not anymore:
We hit a clearance sale at Wal-mart and got 4 of these 22" window boxes for $4 each. We have our own compost bins so the enriched soil was free. One packet of mixed salad green seeds (also on clearance for 25 cents) and just a few weeks later ~Salad!! Now for once I thought about the future and planned. Instead of planting all 4 boxes at the same time I planted one every other week. We had steamed shrimp salad for dinner the other night. I only needed to harvest half of a planter to fill three large bowls for dinner. By cutting the lettuce and leaving approximately one inch of the plant behind the lettuce should be large enough to harvest again in the next 4 weeks. If I do this right I believe we'll have fresh salad for months!!
Our other container success this year was this pepper plant. We grabbed it at Sam's Club of all places and it has been producing spicy red peppers since June. We're going to try and figure out a way to make a "greenhouse" of sorts to put around the entire plant hoping to prolong its life. Did you know that squirrels like spicy peppers? We have to harvest the peppers quickly or we lose them to those furry beasts.
I have to tell you that having the lettuce planter on the table looked really pretty. Which gave me this idea:
I'm thinking of planting 8 or so small pots of lettuce and using them for a luncheon. I'd put one pot at every place with a pair of scissors. All of the salad fixings would be on the table and everyone would make a fresh salad. At the end of the meal each guest would leave with a pot full of growing salad to take home with them.