I am here again with a post about my garden. I am sure I mentioned it in one of my recent posts. I have always kept a journal, by the same name, on my progress, and with it I can reflect and improve on my successes and limit my failures. Anyway, besides being a DIY-er, I am also a container gardener. I got into container gardening long before it is “the thing” that it is today
I started like most container gardeners back in the days when our grandmothers and mothers would place a plant in water on to the window seal. These plants were usually various potatoes and some herbs. There was also the small collection of parlor palms, African violets, airplanes and spider plants, just to name a few.
I just had a funny thought. If we were living in California, there could be some marijuana plants growing merrily in someone’s window seal right now.
Well, back in the earlier seventies I started experimenting with some generally thought of outdoor plants for indoor use. I had some success with roses under grow lights; however, the intensity of the lights was too strong and the roses grew, bloomed, and died too fast for enjoyment indoors. I was living in an apartment up north at the time.
Disappointed, I temporarily gave up, but I never forgot the beauty of those roses blooming in my apartment regardless of their briefness.
Well, over the years, I have experimented with other outdoor plants with some success. However, I must admit I recently lost a couple of dwarf Cavendish trees, apparently, my grow lights were strong enough, but I over watered them. Nevertheless, I plan to grow a couple of them and some roses in containers outdoors at some later date.
The reasons I continue with container gardening is that it is easier to control the plants environments, means the contents soil and method of feeding. Moreover, I cam happily grow and care for plants indoors and outdoors. For containers, I use the standard terra cotta, and plastic pots. Most recently, I have started using the cloths grow bags, which comes in 1 gallon to 300-gallon sizes.
As a renter, I find using containers fun and also a plus, because I neither need to nor want to plant anything in the ground belonging to someone else.
Below are pictures of my container garden as it looks today. The grow bags have a variety of young greens growing in them. Some of you might recognize the collard, the mustard and the turnip greens. However, I also planted a green that is new to me and is called the Leafy Red Amaranth Greens. Like my all-weather leaf lettuce, the Amaranth Greens are heat tolerant. The other plants you’ll know as they are still very popular.
|Collards, Mustard, and the Red amaranth greens|
|Amaranth greens and Mustard greens|
|Long view around fire pit|
|Long of whole garden at an earlier date.|
As you can see my little garden is very contained, and there is no need to plant anything in the ground. In addition, it is very transportable from place to place.
Until next time,