Diehards

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Cupboard Love

I garden mostly in containers as pretty much everything I put in the ground dies. I have no idea why that is. I do put things in the ground but only things I don't mind losing. I would mind losing my onions so I needed something big enough to plant them in. I searched garden centres but found nothing that was both big enough and affordable and was about to give up when I remembered this old cupboard.


Perfect.

Only once I had filled it with top soil did I realise it was hideous so I scrabbled around and found some left over paint from our recent kitchen overhaul. It looks much bluer in the sun than it does in the house, but I rather like it. Anyway, at last the onions are in. I do hope better late than never applies here.

12 comments:

angryparsnip said...

Love that Blue ! Artist and Yummy at the same time !

Eryl Shields said...

It does look rather scintillating in the sunshine, doesn't it?

savannah said...

lovely! that will be gorgeous when the onions appear, sugar! xoxox

PI said...

Well done! It's like a raised bed but lower down. Containers tend to do better because one has more control and usually puts good compost in rather than tired old soil.
It does help to give them an encouraging word now and then and I swear by tomato feed.

Scarlet-Blue said...

Weird.. everything I put in containers seems to die!
Love the cupboard idea! you seem to know your onions...
Sx

Eryl Shields said...

I do hope so Savannah, sometimes onions have huge fat pom-pom flowers I believe which would be good.

Pat ~ that's probably it, I spend a fortune on organic topsoil and compost for my containers. Though this year I'm hoping to be able to use the contents of my two compost bins and I have been growing comfrey to may comfrey water which is, apparently, a brilliant fertilizer. If I could get myself properly organised I'd dig organic 'matter' into my beds in the autumn, but so far I've never managed it.

Scarlet ~ the main problem with containers is they tend to dry out so you need to water a lot, unless you live here where it rains almost constantly.

Kim Ayres said...

I have vague memories of someone growing potato(e?)s in an old dustbin.

debra said...

What a great idea! Pat is correct about having more control over soil, location, moisture etc, in containers, I think. We're expanding our garden this year. Last year, the thing that grew the best was shade.
So it now has greens and peas and onions. Love the blue :-)

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ I've heard of people doing that too.

Debra ~ I wish I could expand my garden then I might be able to get some greens and peas in too. I might have to get myself an allotment for next year.

Kanani said...

Brilliant! I love that idea. They're deep and sturdy, and if you want, you can always drill a few holes in the bottom and line it with rock and wire.

And I love the blue.

Oh... I am cleaning my house today. I have too much junk, and it all has to go before our move next year.

Eryl Shields said...

Kanani ~ I don't envy you, whenever I try and throw out junk I remember why I bought it in the first place and it just gets moved to a different spot.

Mary Witzl said...

Good idea, using that cupboard drawer! And I hope you survive all those house guests -- I have the exact same problem you do; I can't stop fussing.