Growing a garden is a great way to live a more eco-friendly life! But, it can be a lot of work.
Here are some items that make it a lot easier to grow a successful garden without having to use a lot of chemicals and other things that can make your garden less helpful to the environment.
The Right Composter
The most important thing for growing a healthy, productive garden is good soil. Adding compost to your soil will make it better. No Question!
But who wants to suddenly have a whole other thing to take care of? I’m a bit of a lazy gardener so if I’m going to compost, I’m going to need it to be as easy as possible. This composting bin from Miracle Grow is made out of BPA free plastic and makes it easy to turn your compost because all you need to do is give it a spin every few days.
The doors lock pretty tight to keep out critters, AND – drumroll, please…it actually has 2 separate bins so you can load one up and let it “cook” while you start adding to the second one. Your compost should be ready in 4-6 weeks depending on how hot it is and what you’re putting in the bin. Check it out on Amazon to get all the details on size, etc.
I have really poor soil (very much clay!) at my house but I know over time my compost will help improve that. Also, I have A LOT of shade in my yard. Like 90%. The sunniest spot in my yard is probably my driveway, so that leaves that out as a possible gardening spot.
I have to admit that I’m starting out on the unlucky side when it comes to wanting to raise vegetables. BUT I realize that that makes me like a lot of other people who want to garden but don’t have the sun, space, or soil that is best for growing lots of wonderful veggies.
Fortunately, we are NOT alone! And inventive people have been coming up with ways for just about anyone to have a garden, even if you only have a sunny balcony.
Here are a few of my favorites:
To plant a lot of plants in a small space try a stackable planter like Mr. Stacky, available conveniently on Amazon. Yeh, I can’t believe I’m recommending something with a name like that either. But this is actually a pretty cool product. It holds 20 plants in about an 18-inch diameter footprint (it’s 38″ tall). The plastic it’s made from is food safe and the product is made in the U.S.
The pots aren’t big enough to plant something like tomatoes in but they work great for herbs, strawberries, radishes, lettuce, even beans. So if you don’t have a lot of space, this could be a good solution for you.
The one problem you might find with Mr. Stacky, besides the name, is that you might need to rotate it so that the plants all get a good amount of sun. This 4-foot high verticle planter doesn’t have that problem as all the planters are facing the same way – if that makes sense. If you take a quick look you’ll see what I mean. So depending on where you want to put it, this might work better for you. And on a balcony where all the sun is likely coming from one direction then this will save you the need for rotating your tower.
On My Wish List
I have to admit that I haven’t tried this vertical planter yet, but I really am looking forward to giving it a shot. Called The Garden Tower 2, this planter holds 50 plants and is also a composter!! Yes, you compost food scraps right in a tube in the middle of this planter and the whole deal, which rotates easily to make sure your plants are all getting enough sun, fits in about 4 square feet of patio or balcony space!
It’s a little pricey, but if you love to garden and have mobility issues or just no space to plant, this could be a wonderful answer. It’s made in the U.S. of 100% food-grade plastic and has a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The price becomes a lot more reasonable when you consider it’s also a composter to boot! Check it out on Amazon. There are lots of customer comments and a few videos as well. I can’t wait to try one of these out!
Thanks for your interest in gardening and keeping your garden as eco-friendly as possible! We can make a difference in the health of our plant. Every green choice we make helps!