Some of you will remember that this spring, I decided to attempt container gardening rather than planting my usual backyard garden. I just wanted to follow up on that and let you know how things are going.
I’ve had a lot of losses. Many of my herbs were lost to lawn thatch and our cat who was making use of the pots while they were in our sun room on chilly nights. Onions and radishes died after failed transplantation. And…in a complete oversight on my part, I failed to put drainage holes in our new squash containers when I transplanted them. After a huge rain…they drowned. RIP, squash. You’ll be missed. Luckily, some of the sibling squash plants survived my silliness and it seems that we’ll still have squash coming out of our ears.
Our jalapeno plants are producing like crazy and I’m really, really looking forward to fresh pico de gallo. And stuffed peppers on the grill. Mmmmmmm.
And look at this baby bell pepper. I love it!
My only surviving herbs are basil and cilantro. I’ve harvested the cilantro recently, so no photos of that….but the basil sure is purdy….and in need of thinning.
Eggplant plants are growing nicely but are nowhere near producing.
We’ve already enjoyed our first tomato and we are waiting on more, more, more! Unfortunately, a couple of our tomato pots weren’t draining properly either, so we’ve got lots of yellow leaves. I’m hoping to nurse them back to health and enjoy tomatoes all summer long!
So, while this container gardening thing doesn’t seem to be my cup of tea, I’m not giving up. What survivors I have will thoroughly be enjoyed and in the meantime, my kids are enjoying the process as much as I am. That’s the good stuff, baby.
If you’re gardening this year, will your share with me what you’re growing and what ups and downs you’ve experienced in your gardening efforts?