Fresh Food From Small Spaces

by Christine Sine

Yesterday’s post and the conversations that followed have inspired me.  I plan to empty one of my tomato self watering pots which is waterlogged and smelly out in the garden and plant an early, early salad crop.  I have more than enough seeds left over from last year to make that happen

As well as that I have been reading Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square Inch Gardener’s Guide to Year Round Growing, Fermenting and Sprouting by R.J Rupperthal.  This is a great book to look at for those that have limited space and a limited budget.  I have particularly enjoyed the chapter on self watering containers.  I have several but have never thought of making my own.  I love them for an early crop of cherry tomatoes – at least a month ahead of everything else.  I have not used them much for growing vegetables however except for the tomatoes as we have enough space for growing most of what we need in the ground.

I realize that the advantage would be that I can get a really early start on those greens that are so tantalizing in March and April when nothing much else is available.  If I get really inspired I might start a couple of very early tomatoes too that can go straight from the heat mat into the pot under a grow light… now if I can just find the time.

And while I work on this I think I will meditate on Song of Solomon 4:12 – 15

You are a garden locked up my sister my bride,

you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain

Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with choice fruits,

with henna and nard, nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,

with every kind of incense tree, with myrrh and aloes and all the

fines spices.

You are a garden fountain, a well of flowing water streaming down

from Lebanon.

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