I went to a meeting in Silverhill with my friend Glenna. The talk was given by a Master Gardener on container and raised-garden vegetable gardens.
It was really fun to listen to her presentation and I was getting excited about the prospect of gardening. We rent our home so I can only commit to container gardens. Mostly I have no luck. Last year I think I planted too late. And when we moved, I left some of my plants with a friend, but brought the broccoli with me. Unfortunately, while it had done so well in FL and I was looking forward to it’s first fruits, it was eaten by caterpillars shortly after we got here.
We did have a great container herb garden. For Father’s Day the boys bought Gary several herbs, pots and potting soil. We had a motherlode of basil, thyme, rosemary, dill, mint, and cilantro. We grew red peppers as well. We didn’t do much with the peppers; they were supposed to be mild, but turned out otherwise. By the winter they had dried up and the seeds burst out. I put them in the woods along the back yard. Maybe we’ll have peppers back there this year.
So anyway, I learned about composting, replanting, distance between plants, mulch and soil. After the talk she gave out free plants. I received a tray of 6 crooked neck squash, 6 cherry tomatoes and 6 Early Girl tomatoes.
The next few days I set to work figuring out what to do with these plants. I found some pots and replanted and while shopping, decided to add more. So now I have a patio-vine tomato plant, 6 crooked-neck squash, 6 cherry tomatoes, 6 Early Girl tomatoes, string beans (I have one large plant; the others never grew), and 6 spineless okra. Our herbs are thyme, rosemary, cilantro, mint, and basil. All of these are in containers. I had each 6-pack in one large pot and now I’ve been separating them into other pots so they have more space around them. I think one more pot will do and they’ll all be at a breatheable distance from each other.
I have lots of flowers on these plants. Over the weekend I found a few cherry tomatoes sprouting, and yesterday I found each squash plant has approximately 4 flowers on them. They’ve gotten really big.
I tried lettuce but found I planted it too late. It should be harvested right now. I know better for next year. That was one thing I found really interesting was the planting dates and harvest dates. I found a planting “wheel” on www.al.com that I’ll keep for future planting reference.
I’m looking forward to harvesting these vegetables. This is really a lot of fun, and great therapy. I get to spent useful time outside with my plants. I love my vitamin D.
This fall I’m teaching/leading some 4H-ers in a Junior Master Gardening program. We need a location for our garden. I can’t offer my yard only because we’d only get container gardening; most other families don’t have the space. I’ve heard of several possibilities of local property we could rent or borrow. I like free so we’ll push for the borrowed land use. Wish me luck and stay tuned for gardening updates.