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Congrats on the yard! I was in a similar situation, tried and failed trying to broadcast a grass/clover mix. It was too hot and I couldn't keep up with watering. My neighbor was more successful buying expensive sod.
Instead, I got some fabric planters and filled them with potting soil and plants. Yes your yard will still have a dirt floor but these will get you a lot of greenery for cheap. And bonus, you can grow veggies. You should absolutely not grow edible plants in your ground without a heavy metals soil test. A lot of nyc dirt is toxic. Soil tests can be sent to Cornell but cost ~$150. You can buy a lot of potting mix with that amount.
I forgot to ask what size. Here is a 5-pack of 7 gallon smart pots for $8.95. You should be able to hunt around Amazon and find different sizes with comparable prices if you need something bigger or smaller. Cheers!
Zone 9B (Orlando)
I've been using some smaller fabric pots for about a year now. They're great because they're lightweight and flexible! However, I've noticed a lot of... either moss or mold on the outside of them as things have been heating up this year. My plants are all outside and I water them every day, so it may be that I am keeping them so wet (I'm doing flowering plants), maybe your herbs will do better?
I'm barely a novice gardener so I'm not sure what could be done to prevent this, or if it's not common and I just messed up! But that has been my experience with fabric planters so far. All the reviews on Amazon said they had no trouble with mold so I went for it! It might just be how often I water my plants/letting them sit in the rain/the extreme sunlight they receive on my very very sunny balcony.
EDIT: Here are the pots I got: [link]
I've seen people put SmartPots in a Radio Flyer wagon and move them around the yard when they get that little sun. It's a great way to regulate how much sun a plant is getting, especially if it's one of those plants that's really light sensitive. (ahem, cough, cough)
edit...thinking about it again, you won't get very large plants unless you do something like this. 6 hours is pretty much constant flower in something like a tomato or pepper.
[link] I bought 10 of these last season and my plants loved them. I've gotten 6 foot tomato plants to grow in the 5 gallon ones and they were delicious :) the root systems they grow in these are fascinating.
Look the same to me, and thanks for the link, I'm probably going to get these for my next grow, they're even cheaper and look the same but have handles and good reviews.
Not really, this is year number 2. I put each plant in a 5 gallon grow bag. I just didn't know if they were going to produce flowers this year since I haven't added fertilizer . Somehow two more have popped up away from the bags so it has spread quite a bit. I'm also finally getting some Gulf Fritillary caterpillers!
I use them. Here is my container garden. I'll be buying 20 more for my hot peppers.
I like them a lot. I would definitely recommend them. I buy mine from Amazon and with free shipping from amazon prime, I get 5 for about $9.
thank me later
I'm using these this year: https://www.amazon.com/247Garden-5-Pack-Gallon-Aeration-Handles/dp/B013JFHMNK. I have previously used these with good results: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D996UMG
They're so cheap that I can't imagine it being worth the hassle to make your own, but I'm interested in seeing how yours come out.
Lol whoops ignore that last post. Thought u meant the soil for some reason.
You mean the pots or the U stakes?
These are the 7 gallon fabric pots I have been using for a long time now. Much cheaper than name brand smart pots. Was kind of tough to find a big enough runoff tray for them. But I did find some (14" I think) and they're super heavy duty and will last multiple grows.
And these are the stakes I use.
That bag of stakes will last you a VERY long time. They're also nice for putting the strain name on.
Easiest method would be to use a grow bag
A more difficult approach is to have a separate grow bed for just mint. Otherwise, the roots will take over your system.