Do you remember a couple of months ago when I went to the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show?
While I was there I knew that I’d be gardening differently this year so I took note of some great ideas that I came across.
One of my favorite was this milk crate garden.
Gardening in a milk crate is pretty much the same idea as square foot gardening. It’s kind of amazing what you can grow in these happy little plastic boxes. (for a great sq. ft. gardening guide head over here)
You also get the benefit of raised beds with no weeds, and without having to build anything.
It’s very very easy… and pretty awesome.
Here’s what you’ll need
– A milk crate
– Landscaping fabric. Make sure you get the fabric, not the plastic-y kind. You’ll want it to be 36in wide.
– Potting soil- good quality soil, you want it nice and fluffy soil that will drain well.
First lay out your fabric and set your milk crate on top to get a good measurement. You want to get about an inch overhang on each side.
Now do that again – you’ll have 2 pieces of the same size.
Next you want to tuck it into your milk crate leaving a little overhang on each side.
Now tuck your second piece in the opposite direction.
Help from a kitten makes everything go more smoothly.
When it’s all finished it will look like this. It’s ok if its imperfect.
Now carefully add in your dirt, pour it slowly so that your fabric doesn’t come loose and fall in. Once you have it all filled with potting soil tuck in your seedling.
Once you’re all finished you can arrange them however you want. The excess fabric can be trimmed if you want or you can leave it folded over the sides.
I’ve got broccoli, tomatoes, tomatillos, and green peppers planted in mine. I’m excited to see how well they do this year!
I set up 8 crates but want to see how awesome this can be on a large-scale? Tom Colicchio (from Top Chef) sources his produce from this guy who is an Urban Milk Crate farmer, get some inspiration looking here.
Happy Gardening! Come back and let me know if the milk crates work for you!
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