VegTrug, City Pickers and Container Gardening

Let’s be real – Mo has been known to kill silk plants!  Seriously!  To say she has a brown thumb is kind of understating it a bit.

Chris is great with grass but never grew veggies to survive on.

So naturally we thought growing our own food would be a great idea!

We live in a small city and rent a duplex.  So digging up the yard is not an option.  Plus the area we were planning on putting plants has been used as RV parking – so there is cement below the weedy cover.

Last year we moved right in the middle of the summer – so we got a late start on planting anything.  We purchased four City Pickers to give them a try. We had very spotty success with them.

This year we decided to start early and go all in!!  We used part of our tax return and purchased a VegTrug and containers.  Most of the containers we found in the garden area were kind of pricey and boring to look at.  However, I happened down the laundry aisle at Target and found some tubs for $5.99 that were larger and perfect.  Chris put a few holes in each with the drill and we were ready to go!!!

Next we did some research online and found a cool thing called hugelkultur and decided to give that a try with our potatoes.  Our neighbor let us raid his yard for twigs from a tree that blew down, got some blood and bone meal and compost and we were ready to go!


These are tubs we found at Target for $5.99.  Way cuter than the others we saw and they have handles.  They are 17 gallons each – so very large.  Others we saw were $25 or more for the same size.


Twigs for the bottom layer of our hugelkultur


Lots of compost


These have about 12″ of twigs on the bottom – then we layered compost, blood meal and bone meal on top the twigs.  Here you see the meals being added.  Next we added the seed potatoes and covered them with a layer of compost then a thin layer of leaves.

We are not vegetarian.  If you have issue with bone and blood meals there are alternatives.


The VegTrug and our City Pickers.  The chard was knocked down the next day.

We have the greenhouse cover on the trug.  We added some radish, beet, carrot, borage and chive seeds in the trug.
Tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, squash and beans are in the containers.

We will post updates to show our progress.  We hope we gave you some inspiration to give this a try yourself!  If you have a question just leave a comment and we will get right back to you!

Please note we have not been compensated in any way by the makers/vendors of VegTrug or City Picker.  We purchased all items ourselves and the opinions in this blog are our own – they are not solicited.


Here We Go!

Our friend Mrs. T turned us on to this cool blog site: A King’s Life.  The King family are pretty cool – the kind of family you want to hang with over a great meal with yummy drinks.  The best part was their attitude about material items and raising their children – quite inspiring really.  If you get the chance take a few minutes to read some of their posts.

About nine months ago we had our own epiphany and realized out little family did not fully utilize a home with 3 bedrooms with a loft family room and 1900′ of space.  So we moved to an older duplex that gave us 2 bedrooms, a half-size basement, 880′ of living space and walking distance to grocery stores and shops.  Plus, it cut our rent by over $400 and our utilities by $100 per month.  Our little home forced us to de-clutter and get rid of many items we just were not using or had even looked at for some time.  Plus, we had to get rid of larger furniture and used Ikea as a guide to making our space feel larger than it is.  Oh, and we traded in our convertible and truck and have just ONE vehicle now.

And an amazing thing happened – we became happier!

So, after reading a few posts at A King’s Life last night we realized we have WAY too many freaking mixing bowls!  And there are a bunch of kitchen tools we never use.  And how many freaking round cake pans do you need when you only make cake about once a month???

This weekend’s challenge (since the weather is a little blustery) is to narrow our kitchen items down even more!  The best part – our stuff may ALL fit in our cabinets.  We will follow this up and let you know how we do!

What are you inspired to do after reading the King’s blog?