|My oldest son helping out at a community garden we were involved with last year|
My idea isn't really particularly original. I was actually a recipient of a similar program last year, in which I received a tomato plant and a pepper plant, both of which did quite well in their containers and is a large part of why I expanded my gardening efforts so much from my original two 4x4 boxes into a large variety of containers last year, but among the responses to the original poster's question it was unique in that it turned that little $10 into something much, much larger.
The thing that impressed me the most about my answer is that I came up with it before my morning shower. I usually don't think so well before my morning shower and, once I had my shower, I actually came up with a few reasons why I couldn't do this myself at this point at time, because, really, $10 isn't that much. Economically, it should be quite feasible, even for someone as chronically broke as me! However, I really don't have the space in my tiny single wide trailer for all those seedlings. Nor am I familiar enough with the surrounding community to procure the buckets, soil, or even know where there is a food bank around here that might be open to joining for such a project. (It also occurred to me that perhaps ground cherries wouldn't be such a good addition to such a project, since you need at least two plants so they can cross-pollinate in order to get a decent crop and most people who'd be receiving these plants probably wouldn't be familiar with ground cherries and so they wouldn't realize what a treasure they were receiving, but, really, that's a mere quibble, which is why I stuck it in a major run-on sentence in parentheses. I also later realized that I left out the part about drilling holes in the buckets so they would have good drainage. Anyhoo...) I realized, however, that this would be a fantastic service project for a group such as a church, scout troop, or school that wanted to make a real difference in their community without having to spend a lot of money to do it. So, I decided to blog about it, hoping that someone would "steal" my idea and put it in action (and, yes, I will be sharing this with my church as well). If anyone does, please leave a comment here telling us about it or share it on my Facebook page. I'd love to hear if this seed of an idea germinates into some positive change for the world, one pot at a time!