Just A Little Pail Garden
So Terry my aide had this good idea one day after she
planted snap peas and green beans in the ground. Her idea
was to have a pail garden. This entails gathering a bunch
of five gallon pails, going down to town to buy potting
soil and peat moss and of course plants. We decided on
tomato and pepper plants to start the garden off. We got
the potting soil and peat moss at Wal-Mart in Gloversville
where they have a huge lawn and garden department. We
weren’t the only ones there that had the great idea
first planted two rose bushes, that were a gift to me
from her. Each week when I do my grocery shopping I always
buy roses as well. I found the best roses at ALDI’s
grocery store right in Johnstown. The manager, Steve,
told me he gets them on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
so I usually make my jaunt down there on Tuesday or Thursday
on any given week.
to the pail garden. The first thing Terry did was scrub
out the pails to make sure they were clean before planting.
The next thing she did was mix potting soil, peat moss
and compost that she brought from her pile at home. Then
placed the mixture into the individual pails. After the
preparation now comes the real planting.
went inside the house to get the tomato and pepper plants
and when she got outside the planting began in earnest.
A tomato plant for each pail and two pepper plants per
pail. Putting two pepper plants per pail ensures pollination.
At least that is what Terry told me.
have thirteen pails altogether. I can’t wait to
reap the harvest. Our soil is so sandy up here, which
is why Terry wanted to create a pail garden in the first
place after seeing how much prep it took to ready the
soil to plant green beans, snap peas and roses.
this is my story of my pail garden. It is definitely a
first for me. Actually last summer was my first experience
at all with planting a garden. I have to tell you how
very neat it is to eat food you grow. Now this is not
a big deal to Herman who grew up on a farm, but this is
his first pail garden too. His mom was a big one for planting
so he is not nearly as excited as I am!
Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting
career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance
writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns
may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com