After much thought, I’ve decided to come up with gardening Plan B.
While I’d love to have the Grow Camp garden in my yard, I just couldn’t convince my inner frugal gene. No matter how excited I got about my garden, there was a little voice in side that just wouldn’t quit. It kept saying, “$700 for a garden? Are you crazy?”
Although I don’t have all of the kinks ironed out of Plan B, Plan B includes two 50-gallon storage containers that I have sitting in my basement. These containers are currently doing nothing but collecting dust.
Here’s the scoop. I’ll create a drainage system in these two bins (poke holes in the bottom and place a base layer of some sort of drainage material such as gravel or sand) then fill it with dirt and compost material.
Challenge Number 1: Mobility
Before filling it with dirt, I’d like to find, buy or create a rolling base. This way I can move the garden on an as-needed basis. I intend to place one of the 50-gallon gardens on the deck and the other in the yard. The deck makes it convenient for me to get to my tomatoes and herbs. In the yard I’ll grow things like kale, cucumbers, lettuce and the like (depending on space).
Challenge Number 2: Protection
I still have the same critter problem, so I have to find, create or buy some sort of protective mesh covering that will allow the sun and rain in but keep the critters out. I’m sure I’ll find something
I found this video on YouTube where a guy grew a garden in 5-gallon buckets. If he can grow vegetables in 5 gallon buckets, I know I can grow veggies in a 50-gallon container. Take a look at what he did: