Unusual Places to Grow Your Own Food

Weird and Wonderful Spaces to Grow Vegetables and Fruit

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When it comes to finding space to grow your own fruit and vegetables, it pays to look beyond the obvious. We share some of the weird and totally wonderful places where you could be growing your own.

There are many quirky places to raise your homegrown produce—and more than a few will raise an eyebrow or two!

Quirky Containers

Anything that will hold soil can be used to grow food, from old clothes to dilapidated furniture. For instance, try using old wooden crates to grow herbs, lettuce or tomatoes.

Recycling in the Garden

Turn old tires inside out to use as planters, or simply stack them up for growing potatoes, which need to be hilled up as they grow. Huge tractor tires make great raised beds.

Cut holes into the sides of old burlap sacks and plant transplants of leafy salads and herbs into them. You could also use them to disguise plastic pots of vegetables fixed onto walls.

Old potting soil sacks can be cut open and planted up with leafy overwintering vegetables such as winter lettuce or Swiss chard.

Vertical Gardening 

Attach pots or containers to walls and strong fences, or purchase planting towers or planting pockets specially designed to be attached to vertical surfaces. Secure old pallets on their sides and plant them up, or place pots of produce into the boards.

Strawberries and peas shoots can be grown in lengths of gutter.

Other methods of growing upwards include using trellises for cucumbers, wigwams for pole beans, or arches for squashes.

Grow Fruits and Vegetables with Flowers

Many vegetables look gorgeous and will help to enhance an ornamental display with colored stems and leaves. You can also allow some vegetables to flower (for instance if you want to save their seed) with dramatic effect. Mixed plantings help to attract beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies.

Edible Front Yards

An edible front garden filled with different leaf textures, colors and crop heights to create a visual feast. Growing edibles in your front garden leaves more space in the back yard for playtime and relaxation.

High Gardens 

Roof gardens can be grown on top of houses, outbuildings and sheds, and balconies can be used to grow pots of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Make sure to think about how exposure to the wind and sun will affect your plants when growing in exposed areas like this.

It’s never too early (or late) to plan your next garden!  We’re offering a free 7-day trial of our Almanac Garden Planner!

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Different uses for Laundry Baskets

Saw a video on You Tube using a laundry baskets, unable to find a small one ended up a taller with numerous holes.
Use a garbage to hold the soil in, opened up different areas plugging in plants. It worked for a while but smaller been better.

Also found another way of growing veggies an making one's neighbors scratch their heads trying to figure out Why does the plant look like it's floating in air. Two hole covered stakes an fishing line, run fishing line thru the holes, train your plants to grow as nothing is there.

Not my ideas, used info from You Tube videos.

growing food in unusual places

I wonder at the safety of growing edibles in tires... I would not do it.
I do use them to grow colorful plants in them though.

recyled dressers for planters

I find old dressers missing drawers, legs, etc and turn them on their backs for use as a raised garden. I use trimmings from trees, small branches, twigs, and fallen leaves, with grass clippings and old straw . I then fill the spaces with small rocks, dirt and let it settle. Most times I can do this during the fall and by planting time in the spring a bit more dirt and plant root and leaf crops like asparagus that can be reached easily. My project for winter is finding pallets, painting and attaching planters and old gutters to place on my front porch.

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