If you’re going to be doing some gardening this year where space is at a premium, then try planting your vegetables in old wine cases!
Planting a vegetable garden in wine crates made out of chipboard may also suit those people who are wanting to reduce their green-house gases.
Where to Get Wine Crates
Well this is the best place to start, go on Freecycle.org and see what you can get: There are also a number of places locally where people could be getting rid of them for free, like liquor stores, clubs or bars in your area – just make sure that they are clean and not moldy.
If your neighborhood or city has a Facebook page, you can ask there. Someone might have some, or know of someone or some place, that does and would be willing to give them away.
In my experience, I have found that most people are happy to let you have them for free just to get rid of the cases and if not, then they will usually let you have them for a few dollars.
Benefits of Wine Crate Gardening
Growing plants in wine crates can help you save a great deal of space when compared with traditional gardening. Typically, people plant in rows in traditional gardening, so half of their garden space is devoted to the paths between rows!
A lot of space is being wasted there. With wine crates, you can plant a greater number of plants per square foot than if you planted in rows. Therefore, you will be able to harvest a lot more produce per square foot.
It is also possible to cultivate good soil more easily than with a traditional garden. Traditionally, compost is mixed with soil that has been tilled.
Wine crate gardening also provides the benefit of not having to deal with as many weeds. You should not find as many weed seeds in the soil you place on top as there would be if it had been tilled. Fresh compost or soil mix usually doesn’t have as many weed seeds as tilled soil does. It is easy to spot and remove any weeds that do find their way into your crate garden.
Easier and More Productive
It is often much easier to maintain a vegetable garden grown in wine crates. Gardening becomes more enjoyable and more efficient when there are fewer weeds and plants are closer together. There is no better way to get more produce out of your available space, and it is generally much easier, too.