Gardening on our coffee table

Our apartment doesn’t have a balcony and there aren’t any community gardens nearby.  Grocery store organic lettuce has frustrated me for a while. It costs upwards of $4 a box (times 52 boxes a week = $208 a year on lettuce alone?!) and you’re left with a huge plastic container. So what’s a girl to do?

Garden on the coffee table!

I took every plant container we had (which ended up being only about 10 containers) and filled them with some leftover soil. The containers weren’t always a great size (nothing was tall enough for carrots) and I didn’t want to spend more money on containers.

Luckily, my husband has an orange juice problem. He goes through about a gallon of OJ a week, which leaves me with four containers for carrots a week! (and less trash, and more cash in my pocket.)

Look, they’re growing already!

Turns out lots of containers can be used for planting. Milk and juice cartons are good because they’re made to keep liquids in. Just be sure to poke some holes in the bottom of the container so the soil can drain.

Lots of other containers work great for our low-cost container garden. Even lids can be used as drip trays.

Now I know what to do with that huge plastic lettuce box!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Great ideas! I use the plastic lettuce boxes as water trays for my seed starting containers (when I containter-up to 4×4’s). They hold four 4×4’s and are sturdy enough to move around, even when they are well watered.

    for the carronts- have you considered the “Short ‘n Sweet (Chantenay) carrots? They only grow 4inches long, but are really wide. I’m growing them in a six inch deep patio box. So far so good!


  2. I haven’t heard of the Chantenay carrots but they sound perfect! Where did you get yours?


  3. I got mine at Menards, a regional home improvement store, but they are a Burpee seed.

    The description states that they bred especially for heavy and shallow soils. Sweet flavored 4″ roots are bright orange. Harvest in 68 days.

    The label also lists ‘ZANAHORIA Corta y Dulce’, if that helps.

    So far ours are doing well in the window box.


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