Get Your Container Garden Started Today

In the Spring of 2009, I was living in New York City. That was when I first started growing my own food. I didn’t have much space, but still managed to grow something.

Outside the window of my roommate’s room, was a fire escape that was 2×3. So I turned it into an organic vegetable garden. On it I was able to grow cherry tomatoes, lettuces, peppers and a variety of herbs.

In April of 2010, I moved to Los Angeles. The 13×4 space that I had on my new balcony was enormous compared to the fire escape.

How have I been able to grow my own food despite having little space?

This has taken some creativity, but it’s worked. By compiling 5-gallon containers from various sources, I’ve been able to make my own container garden. I’ve also used soda bottles as to make hanging planters.

Self-Watering Planters

Once you have all of the tools, it’s cheap and easy to build a self watering planter. You can easily do so for less than $5 each.

A self-watering planter consists of two containers. The reservoir and the planting containers.

Inside of the reservoir container a wicking basket is placed. The wicking basket is usually a 16oz deli container. This is what allows the planting container to suck up the water from the reservoir container.

Here is a video of how to make your own self watering container:

For complete instructions, you can check out the four different ways to build a self-watering planter.

Soda Bottle Hanging Planters

On my fire escape in NYC, I had about 10 of these hanging from the hand rails. They were all teeming with herbs.

You cut off the bottom portion of the bottle was cut-off and holes were punched to hang the planters from the railings. A small hole was drilled into the cap to allow for drainage.

Here’s a more in depth instructions on how to make your own soda bottle hanging planter.

These are two simple to make and viable solutions for getting your container garden started today. Regardless of how little space you have, you can grow some of your own food. Growing one herb or vegetable will make a difference for you and for the environment.

When are you going to get started?


Published on: May 11, 2011
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Through his blog and social media, Mike Lieberman shares his expertise on urban gardening, green living and real food.

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