Day 80

A can garden!

June 15th, 2010


  1. Heather BT says:

    I think they may be growing pumpkins and those are for cutworms, but could be wrong.

  2. MN Roxanne says:

    This is probably a pumpkin patch ,or watermelon, or squash… some vine crop that needs “space” to grow… but a can garden it is at present…

  3. The soil looks so black out there. Or is it just the way it comes across through the picture?

  4. Karen Too says:

    Apparently, Williams soil is the state soil of North Dakota. Perhaps this is the same as in Matt’s photo:

  5. Jeff says:

    Two seeds and proper spacing….wow someone finally followed the instructions on the package.
    Good Find Matt…..Pumpkins on this one. Kind of late no>

  6. Jamie Gregg says:

    Too Funny!!!

  7. Carol says:

    Dirt is jet black on the east end of the state. It gets progressively brown/red as you go west. We are the bottom of an old lake bed on the east end. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with the color of the dirt, but it may.

    • Sven says:

      It’s the bottom of ancient glacial lake agassiz. Then it became the tall grass prairie for thousands of years. The black soil is the remains of the priarie and is among the most fertile in the world.

  8. Jon says:

    I guess we now know why you haven’t found any tin cans alongside the road.

  9. Rick says:

    Very fertile soil, dark color…

  10. katzien says:

    This method, while I’ve never seen it before, protects the small starts and helps hold the moisture near the tender roots to help them get established. It’s odd to leave the sharp lids attached though. Hmmm…

  11. ZC says:

    katzien says it’s odd to leave the lids attached. Interesting though that most of the lids appear to be aligned in the same direction. Perhaps this is some shielding from intense sun? A little can-bana?

    • Janna in Alabama says:

      Play on words! hahahee This sounds like a possibility. When I transplanted some herbs this year, I used box lids to protect from afternoon sun.

  12. Andrew in VT says:

    I always wondered where canned vegetables came from.

  13. Wendy R says:

    My husband’s grandparents would start seedlings in cans and plant the WHOLE CAN in the ground when it was properly started…. Lots of rusty plant roots I guess…

  14. Jerry says:

    I love your site and your journey is inspirational

  15. Jessamyn says:

    I am SUCH a New Yorker. I guess I knew less about farming than I thought. I thought cans were made in factories.

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