More Seeds in My Container Garden!

Earlier this afternoon, I planted more vegetable seeds in my container garden. I planted summer squash (yellow and green) and snow pea seeds. As each season passes, I have a better idea of what vegetables (and fruits) that I enjoy and actually consume and (hopefully) plant enough to meet my needs. If all seeds sprout, within a few months, I’ll have more enjoyable and nutritious meals to look forward to!

I learned today that one bag (2 cubic feet) of potting soil can fill six 5-gallon plastic containers, plus a little extra for a 6-inch pot. Many crops, such as beans, do not even require a large container, making these containers ideal. From my experience, you need not fill the containers all the way to the brim of the container – I fill mine up about 3 inches below the brim, give or take.

TIP: I’m thrifty and keep most everything I buy, which includes plastic containers that originally came with most of my more mature plants at the time of purchase. I have several 5-gallon black plastic containers, saved over many years, nested in a corner of my garden. I find that they come in so handy for situations like this, when I want to expand my fruit and vegetable garden. I also keep a 2 cubic foot of potting soil at the ready, because I never know when the mood strikes to work on my container garden!

I also keep my various seeds handy. From my experience, most seeds are still active even past the official “sell by” date on the label, if stored in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Hence, there is no need to throw out “expired” seeds – they likely may still be suitable to plant, the quality of the fruits or vegetables is unchanged, and the seeds (and the dollars you’ve already paid) will not have been wasted.

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