Friday, March 4, 2011

Potato Proof

There is no such thing as "can't"

There are only excuses.

I find this is particularly true with urban gardening. Unless you live in an illegal apartment with no windows, you can garden. I offer my own proof:


Those right there are potato plants growing in reusable shopping bags. I had some baby potatoes from the grocery store that were sprouting in my cupboard; rather than throw them in the garbage, I decided to plant them.

They grew :)

Not only did they grow, they also produced potatoes which I ended up eating in the fall.

All of my gardening last year was actually done in containers. Potatoes, herbs, asparagus, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, you name it. You don't need to spend a lot either, as you can see above a little creativity can go a long way towards getting started. Friends of mine grew tomato plants out of the BOTTOM of their hanging baskets. You don't have to worry about staking them that way, and they don't take up any floor space :)

I will be trying to move my potatoes into the ground this year. We'll see how that goes.

I know of at least one blogger who is planning to write a whole series on urban gardening, which I am eagerly awaiting! I'll make sure to link to it when she puts it up :)

Has anyone done any creative gardening lately?


Louise said...

I love the bags! they look great!

I'm about to get back to my gardening and was reading about using garden bags, (it's easier physically) but shopping bags would be just as good.

I saw a great herb garden on where they used a shoe holder for a planter, I'm going to try that too.

The Asian Pear said...


That. Is. SO. Cool.

I wish I had a greener thumb though... *wiggles thumb*

I can't garden creatively. In fact, I can't garden at all. ^__^;

Cassie said...

Thanks ladies :)

@Judy - I'll have to look up that shoe holder planter.

@The Asian Pear - Green thumbs take a bit of practice ;)

Money Rabbit said...

I LOVE it!!!! This is so creative, and they sort of look like potted plants too. I'm planning on hanging up tomatoes on my fence this year to maximize space ... and to keep the neighbour's puppy from ravaging them!

Cassie said...

@Money Rabbit - They were potted plants with handles for moving them :) I love the idea of hanging your tomatoes on the fence, it should help with all sorts of grounds pests! Slugs, puppies, you name it.