14 Jul Rule Changes for Containers
I am excited to show you the beginnings of my mom’s rooftop container garden this year, because I want you to see how easy it can be to grow in small places, and even how some package directions should be ignored.
I’m not kidding.
I know, I know. Normally I am more of a stickler than that. But my mom, who can grow things well by just looking at them, is proof of the fact that the SEED PACKET AIN’T ALWAYS RIGHT.
Take for instance, her groupings of corn. They are numerous because she ignored the part on the seed packet that said “plant six inches apart”. When I asked if we should be thinning them, she said “no”. And lest you think that this will ruin her crop, I assure you that her crop supplies three plus families each year. Another example of ignoring space recommendations shows in her tomatoes, where she plants onions around each plant.
Sometimes, rules change a little in container gardening. And that is OK.
Another rule that she changed for containers is how much to water the plants. Although I have heard experts say that containers need more water-we actually water ours with less water because it is a flat roof (prone to leaks) and we have to empty the trays underneath each plant that collect the water. We may, however, be watering a little more often than our ground counterparts so perhaps it equals out.
Ongoing, I will share some specific tips that work for us in our rooftop container gardens. Please share tips if you have any in the comments section.