*Gardening in pots*
Gardenerís Supply has the best self-watering pots available. For several years now I have done about 1/3 of my gardening in these pots. Iíve got loads of them and I love them! Iíve grown tomatos, peppers, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, cabbage as well as a wide variety of herbs in them and done so very successfully. I fill the water troughs with water and forget about them for a week and even in hot weather the plants have faired extremely well. The pots survive a weed-eater and hold up completely unscathed, theyíre tougher than nails! They are available in two sizes. At the time I purchased them I thought they were a bit pricey, but now that Iíve used them for several seasonís theyíve more than paid for themselves. Along with the ability to self water, these pots also donít require as much weeding because they are up and away from the majority of the weed seeds; and they can be moved if you find a better place to put that particular plant.
Another product I recommend for the same company is their bean bed. This is my first year of using them, I bought two and they are in an essence a raised bean bed. Also comes with a frame to use for pole bean support. So far the beans are looking great (as I write this the beans have only been planted for 3 weeks), but they look extremely promising.
One thing Iíve thought about with my pots and bean beds is that they are portable. I can move them around myself with relative ease. If the need to bug out would ever arise, it is very possible to take the growing plants along with you (and therefore provide oneself with fresh veggies)! Just load them up and haul them out. The bean beds are not as portable because of the size and the amount of weight from the dirt would make it difficult, but not impossible to move with a couple of strong young men (preferably handsome . . . oops, did I say that?) could load them into the back of a pickup if the need would arise.
The website to view these and other wonderfully useful gardening supplies is www.gardeners.com. Check it out and get out there and plant stuff!
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