Posted on 15 May 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: DSC04478 by Rowan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
What does a wine bag and a root crop have in common?
Well, on the surface nothing but if you look at the design of the bag and know the requirements of these crops then you can figure out the common ground, which is depth.
A wine bag is a very deep container designed to hold wine bottles and root crops need a certain depth of soil. When combined a wine bag is a perfect container for root crops.
But what is a root crop and how do you plant a wine bag? A root crop is anything by which you eat the root and sometimes the leaves. This includes potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
All of these vegetables require a deep soil that is loose and free of stones, which can deform the vegetable if the root hits it. This is where the bag comes into play.
A wine bag is several inches deep and in doing so can address the needs of root crops. First, it can be filled as deep as needed and the soil can be designed to eliminate any stones or soil obstructions.
Second, Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 21 February 2011 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Upside down planters have been around for years but some ingenious individuals are using what they already have instead of falling for horticulture consumerism.
Everyone has something sitting around that can be converted into an upside down planter.
Hanging baskets, food-grade plastic buckets, bottles, and even planters can find a new life as upside down planters.
But what is the gardener supposed to do if they want an upside down planter that is both stylish and functional at the same time. The answer to this gardening faux pas is the lonely steel can.
Steel cans that have had their first life as food storage containers work perfect. They come in assorted sizes that range from short and fat to slender and thin and everything in between. But what makes these DIY upside down a planter different is that they are covered in a stylish finish.
Directions for this Stylish Upside Down Planter
Posted on 13 October 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
It’s nearly that time of the year, much as I hate to say it.
It’s time to start thinking about putting the garden to bed for the winter.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as the days get colder. By using some of these ideas, your soil or planters will be in great shape for planting next spring.
1. Mulch – Yes, even in a vegetable garden, winter mulching is a good idea. Giving the soil a good covering of manure or compost will add needed nutrients to the soil and will also prevent some weeds from taking over the space. Spread manure or compost about 2 inches deep.
2. Compost – if you have the room, starting a small compost pile directly on the earth will do great things for your soil. Allowing a compost pile to Read the rest of this entry »