My Container Garden
I wanted to share a bit about what I have going on with my container garden this year. I have had excellent success growing my food in all sorts of containers and want to encourage people who are interested in starting their own that it is not only cost effective and relatively simple, but you can also have wonderful plants and huge harvests.
My set-up includes 5 Earthboxes, 12 5-gallon self-watering "global buckets" and dozens of other containers of various sizes and shapes. I HIGHLY recommend setting up your container garden on timed drip lines because hand watering becomes extremely challenging as plants mature and begin fruit set. I have single plants drinking more than two gallons of water per day when high temps reach 90-95.
What I've listed below constitutes the majority of what I've grown, or am currently growing, in containers this season. It may not be all-inclusive, as I do not have my records in front of me as I post this.
1. (i) Black Cherry tomato and (ii) Grape tomato;
2. (i) Early Girl tomato and (ii) Park's Whopper tomato;
3. (i) National Pickling cucumber (x2) and (ii) Straight 8 cucumber (x2);
4. (i) Giant Marconi sweet Italian pepper (x3) and (ii) Sweet Banana pepper (x3);
5. (i) Green Bell pepper (x2); (ii) Jalapeno (x2); and (iii) Mammoth Jalapeno (x2)
In 5-gallon self-watering "global buckets":
1. Early Girl tomato;
2. San Marzano tomato;
3. Roma tomato;
4. Better Bush tomato;
5. Japanese (Ichiban) eggplant;
6. Lemon cucumber (x2);
7. Yellow Straightneck squash;
8. Yellow Crookneck squash;
9. Sweet Banana pepper (x2);
- Giant Marconi sweet Italian pepper;
- Anaheim pepper; and
- Carmen sweet Italian pepper
In other non-self-watering containers:
1. Fort Laramie strawberries (x18 - in a half-whiskey barrel);
2. Queen Ruby beets;
3. Scarlet Nantes carrots;
4. Purple-Top white turnips;
5. 5 varieties of radish;
6. Sugar snap peas;
7. Green onions (re-planted from grocery store cuttings);
8. Celery (re-planted from grocery store cutting);
9. Herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary and oregano);
- Various looseleaf lettuces;
- Bush beans
Obviously, the cool season crops are done for another week or two until I plant from seed for fall. Right now, I have the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, squash, beans, strawberries, onions, celery and herbs going like gangbusters.
I've included photos below showing the garden as of 07/28/14. My apologies for blurriness, as these were taken before sunrise and on my phone.
Rather than make this post longer, if anyone has questions about what I do or how I do it, successes and failures (plenty of both), feel free to post those questions and I will answer appropriately. I could go on for days..