I’m planning to attempt some container gardening this year. I tend to put off planning for these sorts of things so long that I completely miss the beginning of the growing season. However, after seeing the success of my friend, Mamosa, last year, I’ve been making plans for this year.
I know that seeds are probably more frugal, but due to my history with growing things, I’ll be using established plants. I hope to grow cucumbers, tomatoes and zucchini. I don’t know if we’ll do more than that, but at least those three.
Now, what about the containers? Well, in the spirit of frugality, I decided to use 5 gallon containers that I was hoping to get from my husband’s workplace. However, they had none available, so I began asking around. It turns out that most stores with a bakery just throw these out and most will gladly GIVE them to you.
Once I found that out, I decided against calling around to ask strangers at bakeries since my step-mother works for…you guessed it…a store with a bakery! She said it’d be absolutely no problem to get some 5 gallon containers for me.
So, if you’d like to do some container gardening and “aesthetically pleasing” isn’t a requirement, call some bakeries and ask for their buckets.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.