Even though I have plenty of garden space for growing vegetables, I prefer growing salad veggies such as lettuce, green onions, globe carrots, and radishes in containers. Container gardening these food crops keeps them clean and out of the reach of my pets; it also brings the veggies to a nice height for cultivating and harvesting.
I recently turned a vintage galvanized metal garbage can into a raised garden bed for globe carrots. This project was super simple to do and used items I already had around the house. Here is how it was done.
To make this raised garden bed, you will need an old but clean metal trash can, a plastic “bowl style” planter, potting mix, vegetable seed packet, and a watering can. The diameter of the planter should be at least an inch or two larger than the diameter of the trash can opening.
Assembling the container
Punch the drainage holes out from the planter if it hasn’t been done already. Place inside the trash can so that the rims of the planter overhang the rim of the can. Fill with potting mix to within two inches of the rim.
Using the watering can to moisten the potting soil to a depth of three to four inches. Scatter seeds on top and sprinkle enough dry potting mix on top of the seeds so that the seeds will be at the desired planting depth.
At least until the seeds germinate, water regularly so that the potting mix stays moist without being overly soggy. Watering can be scaled back once the seedlings emerge and reach a height of a couple of inches.
Scattering the seed means that thinning will be necessary as the plants grow. The thinnings can be transplanted elsewhere or you can do what we do and enjoy them as baby versions of our favorite salad ingredients.
So what vegetables do well in a bowl planters? Small space, quick growing veggies that are eaten raw such as lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, radishes, globe carrots, and green onions are all excellent choices for this type of raised container garden.
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