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Container Gardening

Create a garden in a small space

Done in 2 hours
Skill level easy

Even if you do not have a lot of space, if your soil is very hard or if all you have is a concrete stoep, you can still grow your own food. Planting in old tyres, buckets or boxes is called Container Gardening. The advantage is that you can move your garden around. It is also less likely that it will be damaged by animals or people walking over it. It furthermore helps to contain the soil, nutrients and water, which allows for better vegetable harvesting.

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What you need

Use all the things you find around your house and grow vegetables in tyres, bathtubs, broken buckets, wooden boxes and the like.

How you make it

Prepare a suitable container

This can be a plastic bucket, old bath, drum, wooden boxes or even two old tyres stacked on top of each other.

Make holes in the bottom of your container for good drainage

Otherwise your soil will mold.

Place your container in a sunny spot and close to a water point

Put layers of newspaper, green waste and manure in your container or stacked tyres.

Make sure that the pieces of green waste are small.

Cover everything with soil or mature compost

Use more compost if you want to plant heavy feeders, like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, eggplant, green pepper, tomatoes, rhubarb and onions.

Plant your seeds or seedlings directly into the container and mulch around your seedling.

Water regularly


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