First seedlings of 2016!

on Sun, 01/31/2016

The other night I couldn't sleep, so I figured I could use the time to get my seedlings started. I had them in the dirt by about 5 a.m. on Thursday, January 28th. I planted:

  • bunching onions
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • parsley
  • cilantro
  • dill
  • chives
  • cabbage
  • baby bok choi
  • little gem romaine lettuce
  • salad select spinach
  • space hybrid spinach
  • bloomsdale spinach
  • red russian kale
  • lacinato kale
  • blue kale
  • new zealand spinach
  • broccoli
  • bibb lettuce
  • chinese cabbage
  • buttercrunch lettuce
  • sugar snap peas
  • cascadia snap peas
  • oregon giant peas
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I'm back!

on Sun, 01/31/2016

2015-08-06-16.28.39.jpgSorry I haven't added anything to the site in many months. Thanks to the car accident last year, I've been on light duty and haven't been able to do many of the things I enjoy. My time at the computer is limited, which means I haven't been able to do any work on this site in quite some time. I ended up having to take it offline because the software was outdated and I didn't have the time to work on my personal projects.

Last year's garden wasn't as successful as it could have been since I couldn't work in it like I usually do. Many of my vegetables were left on the plant too long, so they ended up bug bitten, split, etc. I was so disappointed since I was really hopeful for my garden after all the planning I put into it. But if you can't physically do the work on it, it's hard for it to do as well as it could. We still ended up with a more than 50 lbs of vegetables, but we could have had a LOT more. I probably threw away at least that much in vegetables that would have been good had they been picked a few days earlier.

I took some time this weekend to get things up and going again so that I can start uploading photos and writing about this year's garden. It is going to be interesting to see how things go, as I can't bend, stretch, or do repetitive motions. That can make gardening difficult. So not only will I be talking about limitations of growing in containers, but also physical limitations as well.

You can view an assortment of photos that I just uploaded of last year's garden here.

Hopefully this year's garden will be fabulous. :D

P.S. Those Big Mama Tomatoes are wonderful! Turns out they're a large paste tomato, which is good for sauces. I grew one plant and it just about took over my garden. It was so big it snapped multiple stakes, a cage, etc. It alone probably produced several dozen pounds of tomatoes.

Welcome!

on Sun, 01/31/2016

Zucchini seedlingsWelcome to my blog on container gardening. I live in an apartment and as such don't have the option to plant anything in the ground. As such, I gave dozens and dozens of containers surrounding my patio filled with herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

This last year everything started out good, but then I was in a car accident in mid-April and have been unable to do much by the way of bending, stretching, etc. That made it hard to do as much with my garden as I wanted last year. 

I started out with just a few planters of strawberries around my garden. Then I added a few hanging baskets of flowers for our daughter. Each year I've expanded and expanded my garden. I've been buying bigger and bigger containers and adding new plants. I've found some things that have worked well for me - like the Asian finger eggplant that produced probably 100 eggplants - and things that haven't - my rapini never grew and it's just too cold for melons to do well.

I hope to share what I've learned thus far, tips, and more through this blog. I also hope to hear from you about what has worked for you.

Be sure to check out the photo galleries! Lots of photos there showing what I'm growing, how the plants are doing and more!

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Welcome! About this site...

Zucchini seedlingsWelcome to my blog on container gardening. I live in an apartment and as such don't have the option to plant anything in the ground. As such, I gave dozens and dozens of containers surrounding my patio filled with herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

I started out with just a few planters of strawberries around my garden. Then I added a few hanging baskets of flowers for our daughter. Each year I've expanded and expanded my garden. I've been buying bigger and bigger containers and adding new plants. I've found some things that have worked well for me - like the Asian finger eggplant that produced probably 100 eggplants - and things that haven't - my rapini never grew and it's just too cold for melons to do well.

I hope to share what I've learned thus far, tips, and more through this blog. I also hope to hear from you about what has worked for you.

Be sure to check out the photo galleries! Lots of photos there showing what I'm growing, how the plants are doing and more!