Hello! I am not entirely new to Permies or gardening. I have been browsing Permies for a year or so and realized I should start posting and asking questions. I have been WWOOFING on over 17 farms around the world, and already own a growing permaculture library and I was able to be a part of Wheaton's EarthworksWorkshop last month. I am saving money to buy land with my partner, but for now I am somewhat of a nomad. I work seasonally for the National Park Service so I am never in one place for more than 6 months. My boyfriend and I are very good at pretending we live on a farm by making all of our own food (breads, cheeses, fermentation etc). We always find CSA's and stock up on dry goods at the beginning of each new place, BUT: I want to get a little more serious about being a permaculture nomad. That is, I'd like to begin vermiculture composting this coming summer and start an awesome container garden as well. I am not even sure what my housing will look like, but it is a cabin, probably with a small porch, and next to a lake. I know I can do more reading and research about container gardens, but I'd like to seek some permies wisdom. I know location is important when deciding what to plant, but in general, what are some ideas for things to plant. We will not be arriving until LATE MAY, so this will also effect our decisions. What typically does well in containers? and what are some ideas for containers? On another note: with my vermiculture, I have read that using ripped up newspaper is good for bedding but I agree with Paul that putting newspaper with all of it's chemicals into our compost/food is not the greatest. So would leaves work? I would love to hear some suggestions. Thank you!
You can grow almost anything in a container. Container and different versions of raised square foot gardening styles are currently on trend so there are plenty of resources out there. Good luck and please post back with updates on your garden.