Monday, March 28, 2011

Increasing Plantable Area in a Raised Bed Garden

We need a bigger garden! Unfortunately, since we are renting this wonderful land we will not be able to expand our garden to our desired size of one whole acre! Instead we are trying to utilize the dead space between beds and in the corners of the garden. Anywhere the wheelbarrow doesn't have to drive through is a potential spot for more planting.
We were given these 5gallon pots by Kelsi's sister crystal. I believe they had shrubs in them, they work great for this exact thing! I placed them in this dead spot between two beds. We never use this space, so why not plant there? We are going to make this our herb garden. We have some horseradish roots to plant. Maybe I'll plant them here.
We also put some more of these giant pots around the base of 'Johnny the apple tree'. Seems like we are going to be adding a lot of plantable area this year by doing this exact thing. 

If you want to do the same and don't have any pots, I would suggest using old 5gallon buckets or looking on craigslist to find some old pots for free. It's better to reuse than to recycle! 

Thanks for reading!


Mr. H. said...

Sounds like an excellent place for your herbs to grow and a really good use of wasted space..

taylorgirl6 said...

Fantastic idea!! Lately I've been removing and relocating a lot of the ornamental plants around the foundation of the house and replacing them with "ornamental edibles" like rhubarb and strawberries. I can't think of a better way to use that dead space, but now I'll think about throwing some of those old, unused pots in a corner between beds!