Going Green: Protecting Your Garden Year Round

From potatoes, to herbs, and tomatoes portable gardens are the new fad.

"Serious container gardening really picked up about five or 6 years ago, said Mandy Roberts of Garden World.

Both Mandy Roberts and Michele Bosley work for Garden World in Abilene.  When it comes to portable gardens they both have the same advice.

"Start small, don't overwhelm yourself," said Roberts.

"Definitely start with something easy, like peppers or tomatoes.  Do a couple of those first then more herbs or squash," added Bosley.

A portable garden is anything that can be moved around.  The earth box is one of the most recent products for sale.  It works just like a mini green house.  There are two different sizes, small and large.  The large one is ideal for plants with vines that will grow tall.  It also comes with wheels.

"You can move them around, for example, when a hail storm comes in.  A lot of the farmers come into our store and say the hail storm came in and wiped out all of my tomato plants.  You can't pluck them out of the ground, you can only sit in your house and cross your fingers," said Bosley.

Topsy turvies are another form of a portable garden, which works great for tomato plants.  Potatoes work well in portable bins.   Each type of portable garden is driven by the same concept.

"You can stick them outside to get the sun, or you can bring them inside if its' going to get too crazy hot.  You don't have to mess with them as much," mentioned Roberts.

 A sweet new way for gardeners to grow their fruits and vegetables, and no green thumb is required.

If you decide to mix up your garden and have a variety of vegetables, experts recommend you do your research ahead of time that way you know which plants go with each other.

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