The portable garden simply allows you to garden ANYWHERE. You won't need a plot of land. You can create a garden oasis on a rooftop, porch, balcony or deck. You can bring your garden indoors in the winter or take it with you when you move. The portable garden is very low maintenance; no digging, weeding, or daily maintenance is needed. The garden can be self-watering and it does not use expensive hydroponics or chemicals. Plants grow at a convenient height in raised containers so you can garden even if you are physically challenged and cannot kneel or if you garden from a wheelchair. The elevation of the containers can be adjusted to meet your needs. You can start your seed and grow your plants to maturity in the same container. You should be able to build the garden in just a few hours. It does NOT require any special tools or extensive building skills. This portable garden is easily constructed of readily available, low-cost, reusable materials that should last many seasons.
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We are not professional gardeners by any stretch of the imagination. We don't have degrees in horticulture and we are not Master Gardeners. I am a writer, editor, and web technologist by career choice and a born-optimistic vegetable gardener. Brian is a licensed aircraft mechanic, journeyman carpenter, and gifted craftsman. I grew up on a farm in a family where gardening was a traditional way of life. My family tended large gardens and we canned vegetables and fruit all summer. We always had plenty of fresh vegetables in season and enjoyed organic home-canned vegetables in the winter. I never realized how fortunate I was until I embarked on a career and never had time to tend a garden. I really missed the homegrown flavor of tomatoes. I wondered about the organic quality of the vegetables I bought in the grocery store and yes... I missed digging in the dirt!! I attempted to grow a vegetable garden several times. I always started out well, but my garden always turned into an unattended and weed-filled mess around the middle of summer. I just didn't have enough time for a family, a career, and a garden. My problem was compounded by the location of our home in the mountains of Idaho. We have very little soil. A gold dredge dug up our little valley in 1953 and piled 18 feet of river rock on top of the soil. While lamenting the issue with my husband one Sunday morning over coffee, we discussed the possibility of applying intensive gardening methods to container gardens. His experience in the construction industry offered unique insights for available container materials. We designed and built our first portable garden in 1998. We set it on our back deck, planted it with tomatoes, green beans and corn, and installed a drip irrigation system with a timer. Then we set back and watched it grow all summer without weeding, hand watering, or turning the soil one time. We didn't need to bend over to harvest the vegetables. We didn't worry about the dogs digging up our plants or the wildlife eating our goodies. It was a wonderful NO CARE garden system. Over the years, we refined and revised the system to make it less expensive and less complicated to build. We are writing this book with the hope that it will inspire other career-bound and city-dwelling gardeners to dig in the dirt.
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