Monday, March 8, 2010

Container Gardening with Milk Jugs

Milk Jug Gardening

Hannah (my 4 year old) and I took a gardening class last year at Acacia Demonstration Gardens. It was free to attend and was put on by the Master Gardeners of Southern Nevada. With the warmer weather coming upon us, I thought this might be fun to try this year.
Supplies needed:
  • Milk jugs
  • Nails, or a Screwdriver
  • Soil
  • Seeds
Step 1: Cut the top off of the gallon milk container, leaving the handle completly intact. For windy days, this makes it easy for transporting them into the house. How far you cut down the front depens on the type of seeds being planted. As you can see in the picture above, there is only about 5 inches of soil. For the carrot pictured below, there is about double that.

Step 2: Before filling with dirt and seeds, make sure to poke holes (using nails or a screwdriver) in the bottom of milk container for drainage.

Step 3: Fill with dirt and seeds of your choice. For tiny seeds (such as radish), you can glue the seeds to a paper towel, then cover with dirt

Here's the radish that was grown in a small plastic container.

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