Thursday, June 11, 2009

Container garden update

Things are coming along! Most stuff that was started from seed is on to it's second set of leaves. I thinned out the beets, carrots, spinach and lettuce. It was a sad process, I felt like I was being so wasteful! Here are mini seedlings that could grow into food, and I was picking them out. But I have to remember that doing so actually makes the remaining plants grow bigger and better. I will need to go back again I'm sure, but for now things look much neater, and the plants are already spreading into their new space. So, here's what's happening this week.

Tomatoes are doing pretty good. I have three really strong cherry type tomatoes, and one pretty good looking slicer. But I have one cherry that's looking a little stunted (it's a different variety, so maybe it's supposed to look like this?), and three slicers that are looking very stunted, but they're still green and look normal, just short, so I'm not throwing in the towel on those ones yet. It's been cold, frosty in the mornings and even snow. Maybe they just need some good heat to perk up. The herbs are doing okay. I've been using the cilantro, and it's yummy. It's growing quite fringy though, not as leafy as I'm used to, not sure if that's normal. I think it might be trying to bolt and I've been picking off the buds. And some of the stems are quite thick and woody. So we'll see. I bought a new basil, it looks much better then the last (lots of smaller stems, not just the three big ones like the last plant. Hopefully it grows quickly! And chives chives chives! They're looking great and we're enjoying them. We also have a few little patches that have come up around the yard. Every time we're out Ciaran has to pick a few to eat!

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Spinach is looking good. I'll need to thin them more, but good for now. And the lettuce is great. Thinning really seemed to help, maybe I just like that they look more organized now, lol!

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The zucchini's are growing quickly! I ended up cutting off those burnt looking leaves. I still couldn't figure out what it was, I'm sure it's just a little frost bite. I will probably have to thin these down too, but we'll see.

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Carrots are looking like little carrots. These are hard to thin, they're so thin and there are so many! I've been using scissors as pulling them out often pulls out way too many. I don't want to wreck the roots of the ones I leave behind.

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Peas all have tendrils and are growing fast. The second batch doesn't look that far behind the first!

First batch
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Second batch
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Beets are doing well. Second leaves are still coming in. Thinning makes them look so much nicer too.

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And strawberries are great, tons of flowers, maybe we will see fruit this year!

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And my pride and joy, my potatoes are kicking some ass! The containers and even the bag are doing great. They grew more then 6" and I have added dirt to mound them now. I really hope these work out!

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And that mysterious plant that's growing in the side yard? I think it's a campanula. Fingers crossed, I love them!

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I moved my peppers to finish off an unfinished edge of the garden. I hope they still get enough sun! That's lambs ear in with them, I went a little crazy at the Calgary Hort plant share and have a ton!

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In the front, the flowers are doing great. The annuals I bought are bright and happy, and all the seeds are growing fast. It's great to see them every morning and see how they changed. I will have to thin out the sunflowers a little more, but for now I took out some and they look better.

Sweetpeas
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Osteospermum
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Cosmos
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Snapdragons (I had to buy seedlings, not a single seed sprouted!)
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Scarlett Runner Beans
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Sunflowers and marigolds (the marigolds have sprouted, but they're still pretty tiny!)
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Soon things will be so big that I can take group shots instead of peering into individual containers. Can't wait!

4 comments:

CalgaryGardenCoach said...

Impressive! Looks like you found some more pots!!
Janice

Infarrantly Creative said...

Holy pajamas looks at all our grub! Another month you will be eatin good in the neighborhood.

Gordon Gilchrist said...

Odd that adding buckets to your yard reduces the chance of kicking the bucket?

Jen said...

Janice - I was lucky to find a lady who just finished landscaping their new built home, she had a ton of pots she wanted to get rid of. I have extras now too!

Infarrantly Creative - I love watching everything grow and change, but now as everything is getting bigger and looking more like plants then seedlings, I can't wait for next month when the feasts begin!

Gordon - it's all about the buckets!