I Can Hardly Contain Myself

| 8/23/2012 3:00:23 PM

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Photo of Natalie K. GouldIf you have read one of my two blogs, you know that I'm trying out container gardening for the first time. It's been a learning curve, but it's yielded some beautiful results. My joy in my homegrown tomatoes, for example, bubbles over. So you'll understand me when I say I've been dreamily browsing seed catalogs for fall crops.

Nothing quite seems so appealing to me as heading out the door in the morning and seeing my container crops snug and warm underneath a layer of hay mulch. I can almost feel the frost-bitten mornings now.

But here’s the problem: I hardly have the slightest idea what kind of fall vegetables I can plant in containers. I would love to plant garlic, but can I? What about arugula? Lavender? What about watering? Freezing? Will I need to sit outside with them at night and make sure they stay warm? If that’s what it takes, then by golly I’ll do it! Ok, maybe I won’t get that obsessive about it. I just want to be successful at this.

I’m the new kid on the block at GRIT and do not have the sage wisdom that my coworkers do, but luckily there’s a great community of gardeners, farmers and homesteaders (that would be you) who know what they’re doing.

Consider this my plea and cry for help during my very first fall gardening season. Please help me succeed and join the upper echelon (gardeners-only, cool-person club) to which my coworkers belong with their homegrown fall goodness I’m sure to see in the coming months.

If I grow lavender, I’m thinking I could make tea from it and then I can be the “oh she grows her own lavender and makes tea from it” girl. Everyone has a role here: Bryan is the beef guy, Hank is the pork and lard guy, Kasey is the brick guy, Caleb is the bow and arrow guy, many many others are the gardener guys and gals. My goal is to attain one of these distinctions and maybe even make a nameplate for my desk. “Lavender Gal.” Personalized license plate? Ok, this is getting out of hand. Paint my desk purple? Someone please tell me to stop.

Libby and Dave
9/27/2012 7:22:56 PM

In addition to our herbs that grow in the ground, we also have a small herb garden in pots on our patio. This way, we can easily haul the pots indoors when a frost is imminent. This means that we can have fresh herbs all year long. Our lavender is doing especially well, and it's perfect for making Herbs de Provence, our all-time favorite seasoning. We are also having great success with cilantro, Italian persley, oregano, thyme, and sage...all in pots. Rosemary would likely be good, too, but ours in the ground is going gangbusters, and so we figured no need to try putting it in a pot.

Mary Carton
9/15/2012 4:06:46 AM

I like using the moisture crystals in my containers to hold water. The ones I have are organic. I've used them for several years on my tomato plants, and my maters survive the drought just fine. By the way a belated welcome to GRIT. I blog for GRIT as Rosedale Garden.

8/29/2012 1:46:18 AM

Ok ok ok, Natalie, take some deep breaths. You will get through this. Unfortunately, I'm not an expert container growing person. I do know it takes more water for container plants during the summer and I did have some success with shade container plants last year. Since I didn't eat them, I dosed them with miracle grow every three weeks and watered for 10 minutes a day through automatic drip watering. That probably doesn't help much, huh. Good luck with your fall garden. Have a great day with fall container gardening.

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