Words by Tam Hall
Photos by Katie Kennedy
As we are now a good bit into this lockdown most people have done just about everything that is possible to do in the garden (and the house), so why don’t you try some container gardening?
There are still places open were you can still get wood, or even if you can get hold of some old pallets and break them up and screw them together and make some form of planters.
You only need four sides and a base and you’ve got a planter, or even old decking boards butted together filled with soil or compost and that’s you got a raised bed.
At this time of year you can get away with planting seed directly into soil so if you can get hold of seeds start planting.
Think about some leaf salad plants like lettuce, rocket or even some celery and garlic.
With garlic all you need to do buy a garlic bulb separate into cloves and plant them straight into the soil and they should start growing in no time, the same with potatoes.
There are some garden centres starting to open where you should be able to pick up seed potatoes, or how about trying some peas in pots and growing them along a fence line so they climb.
Remember think outside the box you can plant into any type of container whether it be old metal tins, plastic boxes, kitchen bins – I have even seen onions, chives, potatoes grown in old welly boots – even old work boots!
Just get creative, paint them up with any old tins of paint lying about the house or shed to add a bit of colour.
For the more adventurous people out there why not pick out part of the garden that doesn’t get used and scrape the turf off, dig it over and that’s you got a nice wee vegetable plot – even just the maintenance is great as a healthy activity for the mind and the body.
So get thinking, be adventurous.
What’s the worse that can happen – you’ll have to start again and waste some more time.
Lets be honest, as it stands at the moment time is something we have plenty of, so do enjoy and remember have fun.