Monday, June 1, 2009

Make Something Monday #17

Make Something Monday

I read an article a while back from Mother Earth News about planting things where the soil wasn't ideal. One of the suggestions was simply to take bags of soil, poke drainage holes in the bottom of the bags and cut a window from the top of the bag. Then you lay the bag where you want to have something growing and plant directly into the soil in the bag. Easy!

I've wanted to plant something right in front of my porch since we have lived here. I've actually tried a couple times, but between birds snatching the seeds and the rock hardness of the soil, nothing seems to take off. So this year, I made use of the potting soil bag suggestion and planted an herb garden out front. I used one bag for each type of herb and planted basil, dill, marjoram, oregano, parsley and spearmint. I got the basil and dill planted about a week before the others, so they are just a little bigger. The spearmint hasn't quite sprouted all the way like the others, but I see some hopeful signs, so within the next day or two, some green should be showing nicely there, I think.

basil

3 comments:

Felicia June 2, 2009 at 8:11 AM  

What a great idea! I would have never thought of doing that.

Diana - FreeStyleMama June 2, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

Great idea!! I just recently bought a (large) tomato plant, but I didn't want to plant it for 2 reasons~
1~ I'd have to dig a deep hole
2~ Too many rabbits!

So I just cut big slits into the bottom of the container, cleared a place in our flower bed out front, and stuck the planter right there surrounded by some wire. We are putting out dog's hair into the wiring to help deter rabbits. So far so good! Hopefully we will be harvesting tomatoes throughout the summer. Next year I might try the (homemade) upside down planter thing.

shannon July 21, 2009 at 6:12 PM  

that is a wonderful idea! here in GA, all we have is red clay or sand so pretty things don't grow (except pine trees) this is a GREAT way around that! thanks for the idea!

shannon
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