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My first container garden

May 26, 2011

If you are new to gardening or are looking for an easier way to grow vegetables, try container gardening...

Long ago and far away, a lonely young wife sat at the shores of the Euphrates with tears in her eyes. She longed for her homeland; a land rich in mountains and lush green forests. King Nebuchadnezzar saw that his lovely wife could not see the beauty of the flat, sun-drenched desert of Mesopotamia and set out to create a garden reminiscent of her home.

What a grand undertaking it was. King Nebuchadnezzar created a mountainous oasis in the dessert filled with trees and flowers contained in planter boxes cut from stone. The result was the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. The Hanging Gardens were created around 600 BC and were destroyed by an earthquake sometime during the 2nd century BC. Legend describes outer walls that were 56 miles long and 320 feet high. But, archaeological finds discovered outer walls measuring 10 miles long and no where near as high.

If you are new to gardening, starting a garden may seem as complex and insurmountable as the building of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. There's so much to do... Deciding where to put the garden, making sure there's a water source, digging beds, starting a compost pile and sprouting seeds. Whew! But, there is a lesson to be learned from the Hanging Gardens… Grow your garden in containers.

To learn just how easy it is to get started with container gardening, visit my blog at:

http://thegrocerygarden.blogspot.com/2011/05/my-first-container-garden.html

Happy Gardening!
Coletta @ The Grocery Garden

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