Saturday, 6 March 2021

More Container Gardening Ideas.

 

Two old Ford 3000 tractor tyres full of soil and perennials and winter onions in plant pots.

Somebody wants more room in "my" polytunnel .  So I carried the soil filled fish boxes and crates outside.  One lump or three!  These contain my "Japs" or winter onions.   I've decided to leave them in the fish boxes/crates because the ground is still very cold.  

If you have an allotment and have inherited white onion rot or clubroot in the soil.  Container gardening is a good way of growing things in compost and not using the existing soil.

I once knew an allotment holder who grew all his brassicas in buckets with drilled drainage holes and full of compost.  His cabbages loved it.

You don't need money or even a garden if you grow things in containers.





16 comments:

  1. There is a house near us, built on a hillside, where the owner has used a whole load of those huge tractor tyres to build a long retaining wall in his garden, filled with trailing plants. A great way to use them up.
    The farmer who owns the field next to us has simply dumped all his tyres in a big heap in the field!

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  2. Great idea JayCee. In America(where else?) there are Earth Ships made into houses from tyres packed with earth. They are supposed to be very warm dwellings and energy efficient.

    Farmers here put tyres on their silage pits to hold the plastic cover down.

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  3. You can also grow maggots in containers in warmer weather. Just chuck in a lump of raw meat and leave for a few days. Excellent for fishing trips. The maggots might also be stirred into fried rice for extra protein.

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  4. Gozzers YP? Back to my Coarse fishing days in Merry old England. You can also hang a piece of meat in a bush for Mrs Bluebottle to lay her eggs. Then you bury it in an old tin of Victory V mints and a week later you will have some great fishing maggots.

    I was once fishing on a mill lodge and this old Angler gave me some Gozzers. They stunk like I don't know what. I picked them up and said: "Where did you get them?" He said: "I found a dead cat and..."

    The fishes loved them.

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    1. The fish he caught were whoppers JayCee. I must get a road kill cooking book. I kid you not JayCee. Such books exist!

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  5. An empty tin of Victory V mint I forgot to mention.

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    1. Victory V's were not mints, they were fiery cough lozenges! Perhaps you were thinking about Nuttalls Mintoes?

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    2. Yes you're quite correct YP. Do you remember Oxo tins?

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  6. We grow our potatoes in tires. We have 20 of them. I am growing my cucumbers in 55 gal drums this year. I am going to try hydroponics to keep things out of reach of the ground hogs.

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    1. Hi Debby. English TV gardener Bob Flowerdew (real name) grows them in stacked tyres. Kathy (below) recommends lining the tyres with bin bags to prevent cadmium poisoning. Ground hogs? I have enough trouble with slugs, earwigs and cabbage whites.😀

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  8. Yes I have seen the road kill cook books in the states and mention of road kill pizzas !!
    The black buckets from cut flowers that many supermarkets sell are usefull, once you have put drainage holes in them. We pay 99p for 8 or 9.
    Kathy

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  9. Roadkill pizzas? No thanks. I have grown vegetables in a polystyrene rectangle box that a welder was packed in. People give me their plant pots too.

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  10. I have a couple of old tyres in the garden. In the winter I plant the lettuces there. It keeps them away from the clover and other winter weeds. I've just cleaned out one and am adding compost to get it ready for tomatoes

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  11. Hi Linda. Yes old tyres make good planters/raised beds. We also plant up an hold wheelbarrow with vegetables and flowers. We've got 🍅 tomato seedlings grown in trays in the front window.

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