Starting the Deck Container Garden

Starting the Deck Container Garden

After reading the book I mentioned above, I decided to go ahead with the deck container garden – henceforth known as the Deck Garden – because I put it on the deck behind my house. I decided to use Rubbermaid 18 gallon containers and a simple drip irrigation system. For this to be really useful and valuable, it needs to be almost entirely brainless. That means I want to go out a get vegetables anytime I want and only have to think about managing the Arden once a week. Here’s how I started.

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This is the deck prior to starting the deck garden.

Inexpensive Drip Irrigation System for a Deck Container Garden

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All the materials at hand to set up the garden on the deck.

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Detail of the drip irrigation system-in-a-box.

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Contents of the box. Looks like it’s going to be easy!

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The hose bib where I’m going to plug it all in.

I’ll have more in my next post about getting it all setup and working.

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Update on Starting the Deck Container Garden July 1, 2012

Our deck container garden has had both successes and learning opportunities since we began.  Read about our rain drip irrigation development and our raised garden beds to better determine how you can create your own best deck container garden to ensure that you, too, can be sure you have healthy, natural, and less expensive food to eat.

Container Gardening

Container Gardening – The Beginning…

My journey to container gardening began with how I’ve been on a diet recently and have become very interested in the quality of food that I eat. Additionally, I’ve also noticed that the cost of food continues to rise – often faster than inflation. I’m not sure when or if this “recession” is going to end for the average family so it seems to make sense to take advantage of a little home gardening – more specifically, container gardening. I’ve had yard gardens in the past but find that I neglect them because they are further out in the back yard and the hustle & bustle of our normal lives doesn’t really leave a lot of time for “gardening” – even in a small garden. We also live on the side of a hill with a very convenient (and large) deck so the idea of having a container garden really handy out on the deck appeals to me – a lot. Since I don’t know anything about container gardening, I did some searching and found what I think is a really good, basic book.

McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container:  Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits and Edible Flowers

I’ve skimmed through it and like that the information about getting setup is somewhat generic and offers me a lot of options and alternatives. The other container gardening books I looked at all seemed to point me in the direction of a single way of doing things. Part of the excitement & fulfillment of this little adventure is learning how and what to do – with some guidance to keep me from completely failing. My next step is to go back through the book in a little more detail to develop an initial plan. I need to hurry though, it’s already the end of February and although the cold weather has been rather long this year for Texas (it snowed in Austin last Tuesday!), the grass is already green.

 

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Inexpensive Drip Irrigation System for Container Gardening

Update from 7/6/11 – in hindsight, I should have considered an inexpensive drip irrigation system as well.  It was short sighted to think that I would have the discipline to water daily as deck container garden plants need instead of using a drip irrigation system for my container gardening.  It was easy to install the home garden irrigation system – it came in a simple kit that had almost everything I needed.

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Container Gardening Update May 2012

I thought it would be worthwhile to update some of my older posts on container gardening since my experiments of two years didn’t prove to be as successful as I’d like. The process of container gardening was wonderful and my daughters and I learned a lot. And, we were marginally successful in that some of the plants bore fruit and we did enjoy eating them and it was super convenient to have them right out on the deck. However, the very high Texas Summer heat just blistered the plants, even after I installed my own drip irrigation system. So, I decided to move the garden to a raised bed garden use my rainwater collection system and attempt square foot gardening. It should solve the problem of very high heat hurting the plants.

 

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