Have you seen those tub gardens from William Sonoma? Doesn't this just look absolutely delicious?! Growing a SALAD in a TUB!
Nicole at My Garden Diaries posted about it a few weeks ago and I thought it looked like such a great idea I just had to try my hand at making one for myself. Of course, I couldn't spend the $145 WS wanted for their tub planter.
We had an old square tub that was already leaky. I thought it would work pretty well as my planter.
At one of our local plant outlets, I found these greens! They already needed to be cut back. I wanted to get them started in a nice home before harvesting. The plants I chose were 'Black Seeded Simpson' Lettuce, 'Gourmet Red Leaf' Lettuce, a variety of head lettuce, 'Roquette Salad' Arugula and a curly leaf variety of spinach.
Even though the tub had a few leaks in the bottom, I poked several more holes. Drainage is important because these plants
'don't like having their feet wet!'
Several of my gardening friends suggested filling part of my tub with some crushed plastic bottles and jugs to help with drainage. I could save on some soil and the tub wouldn't be as heavy when it needed to be moved. I've never done this before and was a bit skeptical about the effect these items might have on my produce so I'll call this an experiment. Results will follow...
After filling the bottom with my crushed items and then the potting soil,
I added the lettuce and spinach plants. Finally, I watered my tub well.
Lettuce and spinach are cool weather plants here in Missouri so we'll enjoy these garden greens for the next few months. I've never grown these plants in a container before. Usually, I just plant them in the garden in early spring and enjoy them until they wither in the humid summer heat. They are replanted in late summer to enjoy again in the fall. This will be a new experience. Since they will be portable, I may try to find a cooler spot for them to spend the heat of our summers.
I'm happy with how my "Salad Garden" turned out! I'm hoping for several deliciously fresh salads in the next few weeks!!
Are you trying some new plants or planting techniques this summer?
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