On a whim we decided to pick up some fresh water chestnuts at the Asian grocery store this winter. I then plunked them in a shallow tray of water in a sunny window for a few days and they sprouted. Eventually, I transferred them into some potting soil in small pots and placed them under grow lights with the rest of my seedlings. I kept them nice and moist and they grew like mad.
My dear husband was then tasked with creating some sort of water chestnut growing apparatus for our patio. He built a wooden frame from wooden pallets:
He then made the bold decision to slice a rain barrel (actually a pickle barrel purchased for $15 from Craigslist) with a circular saw to place inside. We filled that bad boy up with a mixture of garden soil and potting soil and planted away.
In early Spring they looked like this…
Now they look like this!
If nothing else, they add a nice bit of green to the patio. Stay tuned to see if they produce. What are your summer gardening experiments?