Recently, I drove to Ely, Minnesota, to visit with my friend Virginia and see what she and her husband have done to take container gardening to new heights. Literally! As their land is basically ledge rock with no topsoil, they developed a garden made up of five-gallon buckets resting on platforms off of their high deck. The bottom of each bucket has a hole cut in it to hold a tomato or squash plant and the top is planted with such crops as lettuce, cabbage, carrots, or peppers.
They get an amazing harvest from these buckets and I am impressed with their creativity. It sure made the visit outstanding for me, as well as having a chance to talk to such nice folks! — Jackie