Gardening

Container Garden Experiment

18 May, 2015
Who loves eating fresh veggies that you’ve grown yourself raise your hand!
 

Me too!   I shared this picture on my last post.

Container garden

I decided to experiment with growing vegetables in containers this year.  The whole living on a mountain deal isn’t exactly ideal for having a garden without a ton of work being done.  My main reasoning behind this post is really for my own record keeping…to help me keep up with what was done and when and how and etc.  So, if you are here to learn how to container garden, then you are in the wrong place.  This is my little experiment and I really have no idea how it’s going to turn out!

As for the location, you can see that I am using my deck.  We never use this end of the deck and it just so happens that it gets full sun.  Perfect right!?

The containers I’ve chosen to use are of great variety.  I mostly used what I already had with the exception to the 2 Earthbox planters that I purchased along with a few other random containers.

I simply used organic potting soil along with an organic fertilizer for the planting medium.  I am starting up a small compost pile that will hopefully be ready by the time fall planting comes around.

Now, what did I plant?  This little garden started off innocent enough.  Three tomato plants, 1 cucumber, 1 yellow squash, 1 zucchini, 1 strawberry, and a few herbs.

Then…this happened…

Container Garden

Container Garden

I have…

12 different herbs

5 different tomato plants

2 diff cucumbers

still 1 yellow squash and 1 zucchini

6 different pepper plants

3 different greens.

That’s 30 plants! On my deck!

Let’s see how everything is doing so far shall we?

Starting with the tomatoes!  I started off with Early Girl, Super Sweet 100, and a Patio Tomato Plant.  I tried to choose ones that would work best for containers.

Container Garden

Planted 3 weeks ago.

And now…

Container Garden

The Early Girl already has 8 tomatoes and I just noticed that the other two have a couple of babies of them.  As you can see, I planted a few zinnias and basil along with them.  The two smaller tomato plants on the outside that you see, I picked up at the farmer’s market a couple of weeks ago.  One is a purple tomato and the other is striped.  I wish I would’ve taken a picture of the info they had posted for each plant, but I didn’t even think about it.  Anyway, I just thought they sounded like they would be fun to grow.

Container Garden

Container Gardening

Cucumbers are up next.  I’ve never had luck with cucumbers (the whole ONE other time that I had a garden ;-).  I planted one Burpless Bush seedling and a few Marketmore seeds.

Earthbox Container Gardening

3 Weeks Ago

Container Gardening

Now

The cucumbers are already doing much better than the last time.  I even found some cute little baby cucumbers.

Cucumbers

As noted before, I planted one Yellow Crookneck Squash and one Black Beauty Heirloom Zucchini.

Earthbox Container Gardening

3 Weeks Ago

Earthbox Container Gardening

Now

Doing pretty good right?  I feel like every day these guys get bigger and bigger.  I have to keep a close watch on these.  Every day I kill aphids on the yellow flowers.  I hate killing bugs.  They are so gross!  Then, I noticed ants crawling around them.  I just googled this and apparently I need to get rid of the ants…ASAP.  Ugh.

Container GardenIf you are wondering about the containers that I planted them in they are called the Earthbox and you can find more info about them here.  I ordered a couple off of Amazon just to see what all of the rave was all about.  We shall see…so far so good!

As far as the peppers go, I planted one jalapeno seedling and then I planted some from seeds.

Container Garden

In the terracotta pot is parsley and the jalapeno plant.  In the barrel pot is an orange sun sweet pepper plant along with some seedlings.  In the white pot you can see the jalapeno seedlings popping up.

Then, I planted a green/red pepper plant that we got from the farmers market and planted some California Wonder Sweet pepper seeds along with some sweet mint.

Container Garden

Container Garden

Nothing too exciting going on with the peppers.  Only a few blooms.

Pepper Blooms

I planted several herbs that I’m super excited about.  In this container is parsley, oregano, and sage.

Herb Garden

3 Weeks Ago

Later, I added some sweet potato vines to add a little prettiness. :-)  You can also see some dill, lavender, and chives peeking from the bottom.

Herb Garden

Lavender

Strawberries in a hanging basket.  Note to self:  Do not use this type of basket for strawberries!!!Strawberries

The husband insisted that I plant more strawberries.

Strawberries

Strawberry blooms

At the last minute, I decided to plant some Buttercrunch Lettuce, some Lettuce Mix, and some Russian Kale.  I knew going in that it may not grow because the weather is already so warm.  The seeds have sprouted, so I guess we shall see!

Container Garden

 

I couldn’t help but to add some flowers here and there…plus they help to attract the beeeeees!

Container Garden

 

I shared this photo on my Instagram

Container Garden

I turned around and caught my little guy watering my plants with a decorative watering can that he found.  My heart just melted.

Well, I thought about doing monthly garden updates, but good gravy.  It took 4 days just to right this one post!  Maybe I will do this post, a mid summer post, and a final post.  That sounds a lot better. :-)

So, are you guys growing any veggies this year?  Does anyone have any experience with growing them in containers?  Any tips?

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy gardening and good luck!

signew

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2 Comments

  • Reply Lisa at Texas Decor 19 May, 2015 at 4:48 am

    I’m still so impressed with your gardening skills! We grew Early Girl tomatoes years ago and they were the star of the show. I think we also had good luck with Big Boy tomatoes. You should have enough to make some awesome salads this summer! I loved that pic of Carsten on IG! Sweetie boy!
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  • Reply chicopeechic 27 May, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Wow, you did A LOT!! That’s awesome, they all look amazung!! Too much work for me lol

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