Growing Container Vegetables
By Mary D. Martin | Jul 28, 2015
Life is ever changing. Change brings opportunities for new experiences and knowledge. Because of life’s circumstances, I didn’t plant a garden this year. I really enjoy fresh vegetables, so when I planted my flower pots I decided to experiment. I was probably overzealous when I planted. This year will be survival of the fittest.
The pot on the way to the chicken yard is growing a cherry tomato plant, so that I can pick easily and eat on the way to do chores. The open ground below seemed a good place for cucumber vines to wander. Plus flowers.
Closer to the house, I planted a container of flowers, chard and a celebrity tomato plant. I know that an indeterminate tomato is not meant for a container because it will grow and grow and grow. Determinate plants were not available when I started this project, so I will simply stake it as it climbs. Between the main stem and the leaf (as shown in the photo) are where the suckers start. I plan to keep them removed so the plant doesn’t have so much to support in such a small place. Already I have learned that large containers do not dry out as quickly as I thought they would. Tomatoes do not like to be over watered, this invites disease.
My third pot hosts beans, carrots and beets! A bit much, I agree. Perhaps some I will harvest early for microgreens. My dog, Jazz, helped the other day with thinning, by eating all but one of the bean plants.
Fourth, but not least, is a pot at the end of the driveway. Already full of a variety of flowers, I tucked acorn squash seeds into three spots. The large leaves are so pretty coming over the sides. There is plenty of room for the vines, vigorously producing bright orange-yellow blossoms, to grow on ground.
I am as excited about this summer’s learning experience as a first grader eagerly awaiting the first day of school. With enthusiastic anticipation I look forward to harvesting from my mini gardens.
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