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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Gardening the Buhlaland Method

Our container gardening experiment - I brought it up a couple of times recently. Despite having abundant water and space, I'm going to try to grow a few veggies and flowers in containers located just outside our breakfast room windows. The theory behind this --I'll actually water appropriately, tend to insect infestations and pull out any weeds which dare to appear in our store bought soil! I'm good on knowing theory and we'll see in the months to come whether I'm OK with practice of theory. The little building which appears to be a dog house is actually our well head - unfortunately for us the water well guy located and dug our water well BEFORE the foundation of our house was in place and put it far too close. Anyhow

Today DH and I put little pieces of screening over the drainage holes he put in our large plastic containers, then put in bags of potting soil mixed with bags of humus. Didn't get much further on the project - because it was about 86 degrees out there! Woo Hoo.

I plan on putting larger tomato plants in the round galvanized containers .Looks quite orderly now - I'm sure I can fix that in a short time!

What will we plant? Why seedlings from my "not so greenhouse" - started indoors under lights then moved to our porch outside master bedroom area. I repotted some last night because their roots were coming through the little starter cubes already. Now leaving them on the porch day and night so they will harden off before putting in the big containers.

Nothing too exciting on Buhlaland today (thank you Lord) - you know I couldn't leave you without a cute goat kids picture.

The End - (or ends as the picture clearly shows!)

It is spring on Buhlaland and I'm lovin' it!


KathyB. said...

Your container gardens are just easier made raised beds...hey? I can imagine just how pretty it will all look with your embellishing.

86 degree weather in the early spring ? I just melt when it gets to 80 degrees here, which it usually doesn't until about mid July, early August. That probably explains why tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest have to be started indoors way before optimal growing time outdoors.

Cute little goat bottoms for 'the end'.

Lanny said...

Now your DH should get a fork lift so he can move your containers around according to what is going on in them. That is my little private dream anyway. I container garden quite a bit even though my soil is great (my neighbors all have rocks, I have to go look for rocks when I need them)and I have a ton of room.

Nice goaty bottoms.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Yes KathyB - it is like raised beds but we are hoping the solid containers will keep fire ants from making their vile home in our veggies. We love hot weather - one reason we chose to live in Texas so it felt great to us. Both of us have lived in or near PNW and didn't thrive - so a case of God knowing where to plant us!Lanny - DH would love to have a little bobcat type thing with a spear for moving round bales and a forklift attachment on the front. I think I have the containers aligned so they won't shade each other - they are aligned east to west for the most part but that area gets a ton of sun

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket and Yesteryear Embroideries said...

You are a true gardener at heart! You don't need a fancy know how to make do and you do it well!{: Love the picture! blessings,Kathleen

Dani said...

What kind of containers are the black ones, Linda? looks like something we may be interested in..did you get them at a farm store?

LindaSueBuhl said...

Yes Dani - the black containers are a polypropylene (not sure of spelling) watering trough - we bought them at Tractor Supply. They will heat up quickly so we'll have to water them more than the galvanized although both will heat considerably faster than pottery or the garden soil.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow- that looks like the beginnings of a wonderful garden, Linda Sue! I love the container beds- neat!