Spring 2020

Ya’ll with the crazy going on I wanted to jump on here and spread some spring cheer if at all possible.  Warmer weather is starting to trickle in, daffodils are blooming and tulips are breaking ground and it can’t come soon enough.  I forced forsythia blooms a few weeks ago and boy does yellow pop in a house of all white. It really brightens up the day, especially after a long, gloomy winter.

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day and according to my late gramma that means it’s time to plant potatoes.  However, it’s been pretty wet here in Missouri so the ground needs to dry up before I can get to the garden without wallering in mud.  But we don’t let that stop us from getting a head start on gardening.  I want to share a process with you that anyone can do and you most likely have most of what you need on hand.  I’m talking about jug gardening.  All you need is a milk jug or the like, dirt, seeds, scissors, duct tape and something to make drain holes with and that’s it.

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The instructions are easy peasy:

1.  Grab a jug & rinse it out (milk, water or juice bottle preferably- DON’T use a jug that contained chemicals or detergent);

2.  Cut it nearly in half (leaving somewhat of a hinged opening);

3. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage- you can use what you have on hand such as an ice pick, nail, etc.;

4.  Fill with dirt, sow your seeds and give it a nice drink of water;

5.  Close the hinged top and seal the seam with duct tape;

6.    Finally, sit it outside and let nature do it’s thing.  Make sure to leave the container lid off so it can get moisture.

And that’s it!  Jug gardening acts like a mini greenhouse per se. Be sure to keep an eye on your soil to make sure it does not dry not and add water as needed.  Watch your plants grow and transplant to the garden when it’s safe to do which is after all frost dangers are gone.  If you have room save the jugs so you can do it again next season.

I know a lot of folks are staying home in abundance of caution and probably getting a little antsy and bored so I hope this helps.  It’s something anyone can do, takes little effort and supplies and the outcome is fresh produce/flowers.  How can you go wrong?

’till next time, be safe!

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