For the past several years I have had good luck with growing chili peppers in a 4’ x 8’ raised bed garden. My yard has very poor clay soil so the raised bed garden, filled with good soil, compost and amendments, was a good solution to this problem.
Next year however, I’d like to grow more chili pepper plants than will fit in my 4’ x 8’ raised bed garden. And, I do not want to build another raised bed garden. I initially thought about expanding my growing capacity by growing in containers (e.g., 5 gallon buckets). But, I am now considering growing directly in the ground in my back yard lawn. My back yard is a grassy lawn.
Is there any reason why the following method wouldn't work?
Instead of using an above ground container, I’d dig a 12” wide by 12” deep hole in my lawn, but would not till up all the surrounding soil (i.e., I would leave the surrounding grass in place). I would fill the dug hole with a mixture of compost, regular soil and fertilizer, and plant the chili plant in it. Then, I’d cut the top off a 5 gallon bucket and insert it in the top of the hole in order to serve as a weed/grass barrier around the periphery of the hole, so that I could run a weed eater trimmer right up next to the bucket and not disturb the plant.
For reference on the idea, attached is a picture of some hops plants which the grower seems to have used the same basic method that I am contemplating using for growing chili pepper plants.
I’d be grateful to get the thoughts of some of THP community on this idea. Do you think this method would work? Would there be any major foreseeable problems with this way of growing chili plants?
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