Although I've never been lucky enough to live in Paris, I think Hemingway would approve of this tribute to a splendid table. I crave wide open spaces, but this spring I only have the space for a container garden. After reading about raised beds, I decided to re-purpose a few empty wine boxes. In a few weeks, I'll be enjoying fresh fruit and vegetables, straight from the crate!
Here's how I got my green on, all in an afternoon.
Immediate gratification? Guaranteed!
I picked up these boxes from a local wine shop - gratis. The owner was charmed by the idea of filling these boxes with baby lettuce and broccoli.
These are a few of my favorite things:
strawberries, spinach, broccoli, tomato, and mesclun greens
I drilled a few drainage holes in the base.
Next, I lined the crates with old paper bags.
Fill the crates with organic potting mix. Gently loosen the plant roots.
Place 3 or 4 per box, leaving room to grow.
I like things in their place - even my plants! I picked up these stainless sticks in Target's $1 section. Before my produce er, produces, these will help me keep everything straight.
Now it's up to Mother Nature. The containers are living on my front porch, which gets strong sunshine and plenty of April Showers.
I'll post a produce update later this season.
Are you planning to plant? Or joining a CSA?
How does your garden grow?
MAY UPDATE: We have produce progress! Thanks to April Showers, we have May Spinach. See the results and make a raw Spinach Slaw.