Soil Building For Container Gardening and a Prize Teaser

I love the idea of container gardens.  That you can have an instant garden, even on a patio, a cement driveway or on an apartment balcony.  That you don’t have to commit to a permanent location if you are new to a property and haven’t had four seasons to track the sun.  That if you move you can take your garden with you.

The idea of a container garden always sounds great but whenever I’ve tried it in the past that idea has failed me miserably. If I do manage to remember to water the pot often enough, by the end of the season the soil is depleted of nutrients and compacted from lack of soil life. The plants are gasping for their last breaths with Shatner-like delivery. Not {gasp} going {gasp} to {gasp} make {gasp} it. And so I’ve given up on container gardens.

But then a few weeks ago while at the Flower and Garden show hooking for prizes I saw a container concept that knocked my garden gloves off. It solved the container problem of compacted, depleted soil by including worms in the design. Not only that, but the design includes an internal water reservoir with spillways so that the soil doesn’t dry out quickly, or become water logged and it allows for multi-tiered stacking of plants to maximize space and get better sunlight and airflow to all the plants. This wasn’t just a garden container – it was a gardening system!

The center tube in this system allows you to add organic matter and worms, or the towers can be nestled directly into a worm bin.  How cool is that?

Let’s look at common container problems and how the Vee Garden solves them:

  • Soil in conventional containers dries out quickly – soil in the Vee Garden stays moist because of the reservoir.
  • Soil in conventional containers becomes compacted over time – soil in the Vee Garden maintains healthy critter life because of the constant source of organic food added to the center tubing.  That soil life moves throughout the soil in the container and keeps it aerated.
  • Soil in conventional containers quickly becomes depleted of nutrients – soil in the Vee Garden has an ongoing source of nutrients (it’s the excrement of the living organisms in your soil that make the nutrients available to the plants and by adding a constant source of decayable organic matter you encourage greater numbers of living organisms in your soil.)
  • Soils depleted of water and nutrients in conventional containers stunt ultimate plant potential – improved soil in the Vee Garden increases yield per plant.
  • Conventional containers have limited space for growing plants – while the Vee Garden utilizes “stacking” of plants to get you more grow space per square inch.

So the Vee Garden maintains better soil moisture, increases available nutrients, protects soil structure, grows healthier, more productive plants and more of them! 

And if you don’t like the color of the tubes, you can paint them (or what a fun project that would be for kids, no?)  Can you tell I’m a huge fan?

Do you have an unused driveway, garage roof or patio that you wish was garden?  Then make it one!  Here Vee Gardens are lined up on load bearing walls over a garage rooftop.

Here is Del, the creator of the Vee Garden.  Not only is he an incredibly inspiring container gardener, but he’s agreed to donate a Vee Garden Basic container for this month’s soil challenge.  That is a $75 value!

 

So on February 29 I’ll have a linky post and you can all add comments or blog links for a chance to win a Vee Garden Basic container.  In addition to this I have some other fun prizes up my sleeve.

So tune in tomorrow as we wrap up February’s soil challenge!

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