There is a huge variety in the way we can grow food and flowers for our families:
- In the ground
- In raised beds
- In containers
A lot of us – especially as we grow older – prefer to use either raised beds or containers, as they are easier to manage/control. We control the kind of soil, the space they take up, and they are easier to work in with a minimum or lack of stooping and crawling around on your hands and knees!
Of course, cost is a consideration, and we usually want whatever we use to look nice.
By the way, since I planted seeds this past weekend, my broccoli rabe seeds germinated and are growing fast, and I can see my basil seedlings peeking above the soil. Soon they will need a home!
I am getting a GreenStalk planter for my patio (more about that later) as a gift from my daughter for Mothers Day/my birthday, so I’ll be planting a lot in that. I have a variety of containers as well that I will be using. Obviously I won’t be growing enough vegetables and herbs to meet all of my produce needs.
If you want to use raised beds, there are many options. There are kits you can buy made from wood or metal, or you can build your own. Here is our friend Jess and her husband Jeremiah talking about how they built their raised beds on a shoestring budget:
The GreenStalk planters are manufactured in the USA (Tennessee). They come in various configurations, and you can order whatever you like/need. The one I am getting has five levels of the deep planting pockets in a terra cotta color, and we selected a base on locking wheels. If you are interested, here is their website: https://store.greenstalkgarden.com/