We grow lots of veggies in our two side-yard raised beds. The beds are relatively small, but since the soil is rich, we use succession planting, and we plant our veggies intensively, we're able to get a lot out of those beds even though they each get only part sun.
We extend our veggie-growing space using containers. This year we're trying out Grow Bags and Grow Boxes, compliments of the companies that make them. I'll show you what we did with the Grow Bags in a future post.
Last May, we were lucky enough to attend Garden2Blog 2012, hosted by P. Allen Smith and sponsored by a number of garden industry companies he partners with. After the event several of those partners shipped us free products to trial. The Grow Box, along with Black Gold organic soil we received from event sponsors were used to grow these peppers.
For the second year, our peppers are growing in our front foundation landscape where we actually have full sun. We've grown peppers successfully in our part-sun veggie beds, but they ripen quicker and are more productive out in front.
We had a bumper crop of all sorts of colorful peppers in individual pots last year. The downsides of individual pots were how much time it took to water them, how much water it took, and the amount of space needed for all those pots. All the downsides are solved with the Grow Box.
As unbelievable as it seems, there are eight pepper plants jammed into this planter, and they are easily as productive, if not more so, than they were last year in individual pots. Thanks to the unique design of the Grow Box with it's very efficient use of water, they've needed a lot less water a lot less often.
After trialing our Grow Box with peppers this year. I'm sold. They're a fantastic option for small-space veggie gardeners. They'd also be great for gardening with children, an easy-care option for patio and balcony gardeners, and wonderful for older folks who find traditional vegetable gardening too physically taxing. For me, they add precious space to our veggie-growing real estate and are attractive enough to plunk down amidst the flowers growing in full sun in our front foundation landscape.
Our veggies are grown organically, so naturally we use organic soil in containers. I've been pleased with the quality and performance of Black Gold. I love that Grow Boxes offer organic fertilizer as an option for their kits. New fertilizer and organic jute covers can be ordered separately, and the box and soil can be re-used in future gardening years.