Containers Out Back

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In the back yard I’ve planted some vegetables, and herbs in containers and pots. In addition we had raspberry and blackberry growing in pots already. I think they were planted 2 or 3 years ago.

We had a metal cooler that we used at our wedding 3 years ago. I drilled a dozen holes in the bottom and filled it with topsoil, sand, and moisture control garden soil. It seems to drain quite well so my silly mistake of forgetting to put a layer of gravel on the bottom hasn’t had any negative effects. I also mixed some Osmocote 14-14-14 fertilizer into the top half.

On the left, in the back, we have a Heinz “beef” tomato . In the back middle there is a jalapeno pepper plant and on the right a hot banana pepper. In the front are two broccoli plants. All are from Bonnie Plants bought in peat pots. This is probably too much for this container but we aren’t looking for huge harvests so I hope they at least produce. It should be about 5 gallons of soil for each plant.

The tomato plant is already fruiting. One tomato at least and several (8 or 9) flowers.

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In another container, which I forget the name brand of, I have planted cucumber seeds. It is a bush variety cucumber plant by Burpee called “Picklebush”. Growing cucumbers and making pickles was the main driving force behind trying to garden this summer. My daughter and I both love a good dill pickle. They are actually up now but I only have this picture of the empty container right now.

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There are several things I don’t have a picture of yet. One is a San Marzano tomato planted in an 8 gallon pot. We hadn’t purchased this pot when I took the first pictures so I don’t have anything of this plant yet. What surprised me the most about this one was the planting directions. I guess tomatoes are the exception to the rule and when you plant them you are supposed to bury the lower branches. In fact the directions said to bury 2/3rd of the plant! I guess the lower branches will grow roots and make for a strong root system.

I also planted five different herbs in small pots. Bonnie Plants peat pots were on sale so we went this route instead of growing from seed. We have basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and cilantro.

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