Monday, June 1, 2009

Porch Garden #3

Update on the porch garden: it is finally planted. Here are some pictures of the progress.

We actually planted these May 25th so they have grown slightly since then. Although I feel like its somehow cheating, we bought starts at the local hardware store. With such short summers in the Pacific Northwest and limited sunshine, we wanted to have the best chance of actually getting some veggies this year.
Last year we started our garden from seed in the greenhouses in March, but the pepper plants were still not mature enough to produce more than a couple mini peppers by September. The cherry tomatoes were plentiful last year but lots of aphids--we did not get our larger tomatoes to grow, and we wanted those as well. And almost everything else in the garden was massacred by the slugs (eggplant, cucumber, cabbages, etc). Okay, I'm done justifying myself now.
Here's what we have in the first picture: a tomato plant in each corner, 2 marigolds in the middle (because we heard they keep away the aphids), 2 basil plants, and 2 cucumber plants. In the first two black tubs are summer squash, in the second two tubs are 3 eggplant, and 1 zucchini, and in the other box 2 more zucchini. We plan to plant bell peppers and hot peppers in that box as well. In our third box (not pictured) we have planted onions, leeks, and carrots, and all three are starting to pop up like crazy. I still need get a rain barrel in place on the porch so that we aren't wasteful with the watering. I have considered buying more attractive pots, rather than the black tubs I am currently using, but am having a hard time justifying the expense for the aesthetic, and also due to more needless waste. The tubs were reused from some of my aunt and uncle's larger plants. I'm kind of liking the fact that this garden has mostly been made of reused materials and has cost very little. The plants were about $1.50-2.00 each and the squashes came with multiple plants. The tomatoes were a little more because they were slightly larger.
I'll post some updated pictures soon!

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