Posts tagged ‘Container gardening’

July 14, 2013

Switcheroo

Today, while I was waiting for Adele to dry off outside from a bath, I decided it was time to re-arrange the garden a bit to give some folks some more room.  The summer savory, for instance, seemed to be flourishing while the lavender hasn’t really done much of anything all summer.  I removed one of the two savories for drying and shifted the center lavender over to another box where there was a perfect little spot for it between the purple sage.

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Lastly, I thought I’d give the rosemary a little room.  We have been enjoying the lemon thyme a lot on potatoes, omlettes, chicken, etc. but it was looking weird going straight across in the round container. Here’s the rosemary with more space and the thyme curving around.  For all of these, I just put the spade in about 4 inches out from the center of the plant, went deep, and crossed my fingers that the minor snapping of roots that I heard wasn’t enough to doom the plants to die. We’ll see how it goes.

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June 12, 2013

Adele is an herbivore…

The herbs are doing great and no signs of squirrel interest!  We’ve had a good amount of rain, but on the couple of really hot days the herbs had a growth spurt.  I read that putting red pepper flakes on the soil keeps dogs out… totally didn’t work. We had to just protect the seedlings from her for a few weeks and now that they’re bigger, she mostly leaves them alone (or just wants to eat the dirt).  She does like taking a nip at the lemongrass every now and then though!

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June 25, 2012

Mini garlic is still delicious…

We finally gave up on the garlic.  Only one or two scapes by the end of June, which made me wonder if the winter just wasn’t cold enough.  (We had some annual flowers come up again, which I think means that the ground didn’t freeze and kill the roots).  Though the bulbs were very small, they are still delicious!

November 12, 2011

Vampire-proofing

We kind of skipped fall (or I just was too swamped to notice it pass by) so even though it seemed a little late to do so, I pulled up the remnants of our beans and tomatoes and planted 40 cloves of garlic! Hopefully the garlic will snuggle in for winter as we do, and come spring, we’ll have delicious scapes to eat and enough heads of garlic to last us for the year.  Technically, according to The Google, it’s okay to plant through November, so I guess we just made it.

I got the seed garlic from Allandale Farms, and when I got home and broke up the cloves, half of them seemed a little questionable – rotten perhaps, and some were dusted with a white moldy surface – almost like a brie cheese crust.  Not a problem, though, as when I brought the questionable ones back, they confirmed that they wouldn’t have sprouted and traded them out for new ones.  So we got a full 40 into the planters and will see what happens next year!

    

May 21, 2011

Building the Garden

We decided to go with long cedar planters from Home Depot. I couldn’t figure out if the wood had been treated or not, but I *really* didn’t want to have to build something from scratch… The planters are cedar, which is said to last and help prevent rot, etc. They don’t seem to be constructed terribly well; we had to reinforce the corners with some nails.  Bottom line: for my impatient self, they were ready-made and good enough!

Our seedlings came from Allandale Farm in Brookline, which is convenient in terms of location and selection. We walked out with everything on the list (subbed in summer squash for zucchini) plus organic soil and large gravel. The most exciting find, though, were these little 1″ square rubber feet that go on each corner of the planter to raise it up in a completely subtle way. I was worried that bricks would look really terrible, and these little guys saved the day! We just nailed them onto the bottom of each planter corner.

And in a day, we were set. Corn, green beans, sugar snap peas, summer squash, scallions, cherry tomatoes and heirloom brandywine tomatoes. For herbs we have fennel, dill and basil. I have a feeling that the squirrels are going to give me a hard time with the corn, but we’ll see.

May 14, 2011

Beginnings

I was inspired to start a garden after reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, Animal Vegetable Miracle this winter. If you need convincing, her chapter on asparagus was particularly mesmerizing. Although Barbara had a whole farm to play with, and I live in the middle of Boston, I wanted to give it a shot.

We don’t have a lot of outdoor space, but we do have a decently sized deck. One of the big trees near us fell over during one of the winter snowstorms, which was very sad! But it did give us access to more sunlight along our south-facing railing.

And our container garden was born. Not knowing much of anything about gardening, we wanted to chronicle our first attempt. Welcome to the blog!