This is a collection of “How To” videos related to growing common foods, especially potatoes and salad greens, but also beans and garlic, in low work ways. These folks have figured out some simple and effective ways to “Get ‘er Done!” without getting all worked up abou it.
First, a way cool way simple way to grow a bit of salad greens anywhere you have a sunny square meter, even in winter. No dirt access required.
It uses a translucent storage “tub”, upside down, as a cloach, or minature greenhouse, with a bag of potting soil lain on the lid (that is now on the ground). Just one of those “Oh Doh!” head slap moments. I have a sunny patio area that is essentially unused in winter. It has the bean & squash pots on it at the moment. I can add one of these for $20 and have salad greens (and likely my favorite radishes…) even into winter. It runs 15 minutes:
She also has a very nice arched trellis in this 12 minute video. While they use metal fence posts, I’d be inclined to use the wood of the raised bed itself with a “clip” to set the trellis in place. (Or perhaps attach “step on” stakes to the bottom and “place by stepping”… Driving fence posts seems overkill to me – then again, they grow melons on this thing and that’s a bit of weight. For growing things like long vining beans and squash without a lot of acerage, it’s a simple and effective solution. That it also lets you use the “walkway” space sunshine for crop is also a big win for the small space gardener.
Growing Potatoes in 5 gallon buckets. He also has a video on using bigger tubs, but I like the small scale idea. (Folks wanting bigger plots, see further down for growing potatoes by the 100 lb lots without digging ;-)
This guy goes into some of the details about why he does different things, like making sure the potato forming stem is the right size by adjusting dirt level. Two segments, 14 and 30 minutes each. The second one has the drawings of spud growth and development:
This next one is a video on growing potatoes without any digging. Yeah, shovel not required. The spuds are put on the ground and covered with a load of spoilt hay. They call it the Ruth Stout method. They also used the same system for growing garlic so I’d expect it to also work for onions and give you celery without the need to hill up dirt. 9 minutes:
They focus more on the method, and less on potatoes, in this video. 8 minutes:
I don’t have an easy source of hay, nor do I have a 1/2 acres to plant, but I really like the idea. A roll of old hay is a lot cheaper than my labor on the wrong end of a shovel… Then again, I do have a lot of “lawn clippings” from time to time and a small patch could work… One square would take about 2 rounds of lawn mowing product… Hmmmm….