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June 9, 2009

Garden Update Two 2009: Things Are Moving Along!

What's Happening in the Garden Graphic

I've been meaning to do a garden update for weeks now, but haven't gotten around to it, so today you're just lucky! ;oP

As I mentioned in my first update I'm doing a strictly container garden situation this year. Last year I planted the big garden and due to unforeseen circumstances it got completely out of control! So this year we joined the CSA and I decided to plant a container garden as well.

This is the basic set up:

The Whole Shebang

Herbs, tomatoes, peas, spinach, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, flowers, oh my!

First up let's talk some potatoes! I have never tried to grow potatoes in pots before, but when I purchased my tomato "pots" I came across these potato "pots". They are made of a felt like material. You fill them up with dirt, plant your potatoes and it claims you can get up to 20 pounds of potatoes from one pot. We'll see if that actually comes to bear, but for now I'm really impressed with the progress!

This is the pot with the regular potatoes:


I purchased organic seed potatoes to try. I can't remember the exact variety I purchased, but I believe it was Yukon gold. If this works out I'll be saving a couple of potatoes for seeding next year!

I also started a pot with sweet potatoes:

Sweet Potatoes

As you can see the sweet potatoes aren't going as fast. I couldn't find seed potatoes for sweet potatoes so I'm trying it on my own. These may not actually make anything but pretty green leaves, but we'll see!

This pot has two green zebra tomatoes sprouting:

Green Zebra Tomatoes

I'll move one of them if the little one makes it. Right now he's not showing signs of doing anything but sprouting.

Lots of tomato blooms too!:

Tomato Blossoms

Some little tomatoes too, but I didn't get a good shot of them...I so miss my DSLR!

I have four hanging bags with things in them right now. Here are three of them:

Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers and Eggplant

As you can see they are moving right along. Two of the hanging bags have various types of tomatoes, one has various types of peppers:


And one has cucumbers and eggplant:

Cucumbers and Eggplant

The other bag will be planted with green beans, squash and cucumbers that are still in their sprouting containers:

Parsley, Cucumbers, Squash and Green Beans

I plan to get these planted in the next day or so. By the way, yogurt containers make fabulous sprouting vessels!

The spinach is growing, growing, growing!:


I'll be harvesting this today.

The peas are blooming away:


One pot has shell peas and the other has snow peas.

I also planted some black chick peas and Big Mama Lima beans:

Chick Peas and Lima Beans

These are two of Alexis' all time favorite foods!

The herbs are herbing:

Herbs and Squash

Herbs and Squash


As you can see I've got a couple of squash plants tucked in there too! I've been using some fresh herbs too. I just love being able to walk out and snip a little of this and that!

The roses are blooming:


Funnily enough I don't really care for store bought roses, but I do love the home grown variety! How can you not love this?:

A Rose By Any Other Name...

I didn't actually plant these...They "came with the house"! But I'm enjoying them all the same!

And now the petunias!


I have several pots of petunias, this is just one of them, but I love them none the less! I normally plant purple, white, red and a purple/white hybrid, but this year I couldn't find the red variety or the purple/white hybrid, so it's just white and purple.

I also ended up with lavender in pots on either side of the front door:


This was a complete accident! I had meant to get rosemary, and that's what I normally plant next to the front door, but I happened to grab two lavender plants instead, which were sitting right next to the rosemary. Oh well. Lavender doesn't normally do anything the first year. I doubt they will make it through the winter in pots, but we'll see.

I also have some marigolds sprouting:


I'll most likely transplant some of these to the flower bed. These remind me of grandfather, though I couldn't tell you why.

So who else is gardening this year? Who isn't, but wants to be? Do you have a traditional garden or are you doing something a bit unconventional? I'm curious....

Posted by Dianne at June 9, 2009 10:56 AM

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How does my garden grow? With pansies, snapdragons, zinnias, and petunas...I'm the flower queen...I leave the veggies to Daddy.

Posted by: Dar at June 9, 2009 2:38 PM

I love flowers myself. I alway forget about snapdragons, but I love them! I also like Touch me Nots and daisies!

Posted by: Dianne at June 10, 2009 1:43 PM

Your view is amazing! And I am so excited to see how everything you're growing progresses! I'm so impressed by how much food can be grown in containers! That's awesome!

Posted by: Allie at June 10, 2009 10:40 PM

Thanks Allie! We have really enjoyed the view since we moved in. It's very peaceful to me.

Posted by: Dianne at June 11, 2009 8:33 AM

It all looks lovely. I wish I had the time and skill to try my hand at a garden. I think my youngest could manage one but fear the twins would have it trampled.The backyard is basically a giant batting cage!

Posted by: ingrid at June 11, 2009 3:47 PM

Sounds like my backyard! Kids definitely take up a lot of space! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 11, 2009 6:49 PM

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