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BFP Garden Project: 2 More “Pots”

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Thank you to everyone who commented on the last two garden posts ($29 kickoff and $60 worth of planters), it was based on those comments that we decided to buy some more “planters” (you’ll see why I use the quotes later) and move some tomato plants.

The recommendation was that each tomato have about five gallons of dirt to play in. Our solution was to buy five gallon buckets (we could’ve gone to restaurants and asked) from Home Depot and move some tomatoes out of the party buckets they were in. So, the huge planters now have at most three tomatoes and two five gallon buckets have one tomato each. We’ll be giving the odd tomato out to my parents.

Trip damage: $8 (lost the receipt, it’s something liek that)
Running total: $98.20

Our plants are growing pretty well with nothing too tragic yet. We’ve been having some wet days recently so the little guys are getting plenty to drink, plenty of sun, and things are progressing nicely.

MSN had an article recently about the best plants to grow yourself. They were fruit trees, lettuce, herbs, vine vegetables, and bell peppers. We are growing a few herbs, some eggplants, and bell peppers (orange and green) so three out of five ain’t bad (fruit is out of the question here). I wish we could grow fruit trees. In Hawaii, everyone had fruit trees (and chickens!). So every morning at the bed & breakfasts we would have tons of fresh fruit (that’s not even that much of an exaggeration).

The five plants you should skip: Potatoes, carrots, celery, asparagus and wheat. There’s no chance we would’ve grown any of those. 🙂

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3 Responses to “BFP Garden Project: 2 More “Pots””

  1. Glenn Lasher says:

    We aren’t planting a potted garden, but an actual traditional in-the-ground variety, as we have done for three or four years now. Most of it is in a more-or-less conventional garden plot, but the acorn squash are actually planted in the middle of the back lawn, with a foot to a foot and a half opening in the lawn to accommodate them.

    For tomatoes, the breed makes a big difference in usability. We grow small-breed tomatoes (cherry and roma) and they populate quickly, ripen quickly and produce a lot of fruit, without the watered-down taste of larger early breeds. They will produce right up to the first hard frost.

    Don’t be afraid to make sauce from cherry tomatoes, by the way. It’s quite tasty.

    We have had terrible luck with lettuce (it usually tastes really bitter), though we are trying our luck this year with spinach and swiss chard.

    We have grown various breeds of squash for several years now. This year’s choice is for crookneck yellow squash and acorn squash. I’ve been trying to convince the wife to let me plant zucchini, but she isn’t having it for some reason.

    We have a patch where we planted herbs a couple of years ago, and they keep re-sprouting each year on their own, so we have a nearly unlimited supply of maybe five different herbs, plus some wild chive that spontaneously sprouted in the middle of our back lawn.

    On the mechanics of it all, we have installed soaker hoses in the main garden plot. This is useful to reduce the amount of water needed, and provides a useful vector to send in fertilizer if we need to.

  2. Nick says:

    with the tomato salmonella scare, it looks like it was a good decision to grow some after all!

  3. Elle says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one growing eggplant! We’ve moved the veggies to bigger pots since they have grown so quickly. It’s been a learning process, but I enjoy having a little garden.

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