Weekend Project: Hanging Strawberry Planter

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For the past 2 years I have been growing tomatoes in those fuglyplanters. Sure they are ugly, but I don?t have a lot of space and I love a lot of tomatoes and they actually do grow great tomatoes. Last year I hung three on the southwest corner of my garage and no one even noticed the crappy green ivy design because of all the cherry and grape toms dangling from below. There were a few factors that made it a success for me and I?ve listed that all .

This year I decided to try a strawberry planter because let?s face it, who wouldn?t want delicious fresh strawberries growing off their garage? I had a bunch of strawberry runners over at my community garden plot and I found this handy ?Flower Tower? at Value Village for few bucks. You can buy Topsy Turvey ones with the same general idea, or I can assume that cutting some holes in a bucket would really yield the same results. I filled the planter with garden soil, tucked in the runners, and voila ? a hanging strawberry planter.

For now the biggest challenge has been to water it without the soil running through the holes. But as it compacts a little, it seems to be holding better. I?ve got about 36 plants in there so lets hope for a good harvest. If this works it may be the only way I grow strawberries again! Here are a few hanging container products if you want to start your own:

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My radishes are growing so well under the that I started thinning them this morning. Not one to throw away fresh greens, I topped my breakfast with the culled radishlings. Radish microgreens are quite the lookers, with frilly green leaves above a bright red root that will eventually be the round, crisp root vegetable we know so well. They are spicy and colorful, adding a lot of punch to your lunch!

Radish microgreens are peppery and earthy, just like the radishes they would have grown into. If you have a a heavily seeded crop of greens that need thinning, save the seedlings for your meals. Harvest radishes or other vegetable plants as microgreens by snipping the whole seedling as close to the soil as possible. You can cut with a clean pair of scissors or pinch with a sharp thumbnail. Avoid pulling the plants out by the tops, as this may lift the roots of the other plants you are hoping to keep in place.

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