Container Gardening, My New Hobby

I’ve wanted a good hobby for a long time. Nathan has his knitting, but the only hobby I’ve been able to come up with is reading books. I enjoy it, but it’s pretty lame as hobbies go.

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to take a stab at growing some vegetables. We have no ground for a garden, so we have to grow in containers. Nathan took charge of making self-watering containers with instructions from He used some rubbermaids and other material we had around the house to make them and some tools borrowed from a neighbor.

Here is one of the finished containers:

The containers turned out great, and the whole family got involved in planting seeds, and eventually planting seedlings in the containers. The plants, however, seem to have become my own personal babies. Sometimes I feel the need to check on them multiple times in one hour. In addition to the tomato, zucchini, and basil plants we have outside, we also have some lettuce and other seedlings growing on our sunny porch. And we stuck some green onions into some soil in order to grow those as well.

Now our little seedlings have grown into great big plants and we couldn’t be more proud!

So as we wait for a real baby to arrive (any day now), at least I have a hobby. I just hope that I remember to keep watering everything after our new addition throws the house into chaos!

About Angela

Angela is an associate professor of mathematics and enjoys writing, reading, and talking to people about her bike. She's the proud mother of two cute kids, H and R.
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5 Responses to Container Gardening, My New Hobby

  1. Dirk Awesome says:

    This is awesome. I wish that I would have thought of this when I was in the neighborhood.

  2. Sarah F says:

    Yay for your new container garden! Great first start … I’m sure you’ll have a great crop and start planning for next year. :D

  3. Dominic says:

    That looks like a really nice idea! We might have to consider doing that in the future.

    We are looking into what it takes to get an herb garden to grow inside, and save money there too…

  4. Skye Xyan says:

    So when is the baby coming? Is there a scheduled C-section date yet?

  5. Dottie says:

    Nice! If I want a garden in my Chicago condo, I'd have to do something like that. I'm sure I'd eventually kill all the poor plants, though.

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