My new veggie garden sits up on a small terrace just above our patio. The space right below is flat, level and gets lots of sun—the perfect spot for a small container garden. I decided that old wooden crates would be the ideal size for growing greens and their weathered look would blend in with the mossy terrace wall. I started scanning Craigslist and antique stores for crates, but all of the ones I found were $30 or more per crate, which was way more than I wanted to spend.
Then last Friday I stopped by an estate sale. I almost fainted with happiness when I stepped into the backyard and spotted, amidst a massive jumble of decrepit fishing equipment, a stack of wooden crates and a totally cool old barrel. I snagged six crates and the barrel for $35.00. Score!
The barrel formerly held biscuit flour and there is no sign that it ever contained funky chemicals or anything else. I’m going to plant it with ‘Dakota’ shelling peas, which get about two feet tall and I’m going to plant an old galvanized mop bucket that I found last fall at an estate sale with flowers.
The crates are pretty much ready to plant with lettuces, arugula, and spinach. I just need to line their bottoms so soil doesn’t sneak out through the slats.
Planting up my little container salad garden is my big project for the weekend, in between speaking engagements. On Saturday, I’ll be talking about salad gardening at Molbak’s Nursery in Woodinville, Washington at noon. And on Sunday, I’ll be talking about integrating ornamentals and edibles at Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose, Oregon at 1:00. Hope to see you there!