Gardening Idea

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Real Estate Agent with Aubrey and Associates Realty

With the movement towards being more self sufficient and being green, I have been thinkng how might I do that.  I grew up in a home that sat on a half acre lot.  Nearly 1/2 of that lot space was taken up with my father's vegetable garden and fruit trees.  This garden and orchard produced many more great foods than our family could eat, so my parents would share with family and friends.  There were times during the harvest time for apricots, that I swear I picked apricots sunrise to sunset. (okay I am exaggerating)

My point is that my dad's garden did a lot to help with the food budget.  It was a source of great pride for him.  I was allowed to tend the water, but he took care of the weeding.  It was almost a second full time job for him.  He spent hours weeding and tending to that garden.  I don't know where he found the energy, he worked as a carpenter on commercial buildings all day then would work in the garden in the evenings.  He did produce wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables.

I don't know about you, but I am not one that has the time nor do I want to spend what time I have to produce a gardent like my fathers.  I also don't have the space in my yard and water costs have increased a lot since my youth.  I have an idea that may help myself and others with this.  Allow me to backtrack a little, several years ago, Darcy and I lived in Las Vegas.  Our time there was not long, but a neighbor of us shared an idea that may work for those of us on limited time and space.

One of our neighbors had what she called a bucket garden.  Because it gets so hot in Las Vegas her garden would die or she would spend a fortune on water to try to keep it alive.  What she would do is save every 5 gallon bucket that she could.  (We buy our laundry detergent from Costco in 5 gallon buckets for example.)  She then would fill the bucket up with top soil and plant her garden in these 5 gallon buckets.  The buckets held the water, were portable, so that she could move them into the shade during the really hot times of the day, and most important (for me at least) they were easier to weed out.

We lived in an apartment while we lived in Las Vegas, and this was an idea that could even be done in an apartment.  The other aspect, is that if you're like Darcy and myself, who are now empty nesters, it is easier to limit the size of the garden and grow maybe a couple of stalks of corn, a tomato plant, a squash vine and some pepper plants, instead of having a lot of each vegetable in a garden plot.  Maybe once it stops snowing here, I will give it a try! 

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I didn't have any good garden pictures, so I thought that I would just use a photo that I like instead!

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Tony,

We had a friend in Las Vegas, who did a shade garden because of the heat.  I like the gallon bucket idea, it is not so much helping the budget as adding to your health...no pesticides and no long ravel for your food as it loses its nutrients on the road.  All the best.

Mar 27, 2010 04:46 AM #1
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Ron & Alexandra, thanks, I hadn't even considered that aspect in my post!

Mar 27, 2010 05:01 AM #2
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Leslie Prest
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I have one raised veggie bed for a garden, and we're putting in another this year. I have containers plants too, though. It's a lot of work, but I find it relaxes me (and gives me fresh air and exercise).

Mar 27, 2010 05:52 AM #3
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
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Hi Tony, I've done all kinds of things to grow tomatoes and veggies including putting them wherever there was a space in the flower beds.  Another advantage with container gardening is that you can start a bit earlier and if the weather should turn too cold, bring them into a sheltered place.  Best of luck!

Mar 27, 2010 05:57 AM #4
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Leslie, I have heard that people relax by gardening, I have never been one of those people.  I could use the exercise however!

Silvia, thanks, I hadn't thought about starting earlier.

Mar 27, 2010 06:19 AM #5
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Steven Nickens
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Hi Tony and Darcy,

First of all I love that picture.  I love gardening, I actually find it very relaxing.  I am in the process of moving my garden so my daughters horse does't eat my garden. Raised beds really work great, you can use redwood boxes, mulching really helps on the water bill. You can use old tires for potatoes, when they mature , just kick them over. Good luck on your garden, its worth the effort

Mar 27, 2010 10:22 AM #6
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Producing your own food can be very satisfying.  Gardening will give you exercise and fresh air too.  Don't waste your time growing a few stalks of corn, as you need to grow a whole patch for pollination purposes.  Just start small and "let it grow".

Mar 28, 2010 01:19 PM #7
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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Tony,

Our lives mirror one anothers. It is interesting that many kids of gardening parents know how to do the work but do not wish too. That's me ...at least currently. My parents had a huge garden and fruit trees and spent all free time tending it. Maybe when I'm older.....

Mar 30, 2010 10:33 AM #8
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Steven, thanks for the ideas!  Something to definately think about!

Georgina, I actually knew that about corn.  I was only hoping to keep it small!

Steve.  I don't know about when I get older, I hope so!  I wish that I found the relaxation that my dad did with gardening!

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