This week it was becoming more and more obvious that some of my seedlings were going to need transplanting before my greenhouse was ready. Of course I didn’t have enough pots to actually transplant them to, so off to the store we went. The first store only had plastic pots that were big enough for what I needed, but it found them to be expensive, and not exactly what I was after. Yesterday we stopped into Canadian Tire and I found the perfect containers! They were clay, and cheaper than the plastic ones! They had a nice big 10″ diameter and a drainage hole in the bottom. I bought four.
When we got home on Sunday night I filled my pots and transplanted the tallest beans, and Donovan’s corn. While I was organizing I came across an old tin, and decided to plant some basil and spinach.
I couldn’t resist some purple seed potatoes while I was there, and came home to do some research. Jamie laughed at me of course, because growing up on PEI, the idea of wasting garden space with potatoes when every other driveway in the country has a little “on your honour” potato (and strawberry, and honey) stand at the end of the driveway, seams silly. After reminding him that we live in Alberta now, he agreed that it might be worth a shot.
I did some research when we got home about building a potato box, but quickly realized I could use an old Rubbermaid container, with a few slight modifications to grow potatoes, onions, carrots and such.
Last June my sisters basement flooded and she had a bunch of her things stored in Rubbermaid containers, so we made a deal, I’ll share some fresh produce with her, and she’ll supply the containers.
I know container gardening is usually done by those in the city, but I’m hoping it will also help those in the country with a gopher problem!