I want to share my container vegetable garden with you today. There are tons of websites, tutorials, etc on the web about how to grow a container garden. I don’t really have a favorite site…I mostly created mine using suggestions from a friend who has a thriving container garden at his house.
Another disclaimer: I am by no means the container garden expert. I am learning by trial and error. The best thing for me is doing this with my kids. Showing them that we can grow our own food, and what that takes. Cooking and eating vegetables from your garden NEVER compares to buying vegetables. I don’t know what it is, but they just taste different. BETTER!! Some good conversations about patience have resulted, as that seems to be a tough concept when you are 4 and 2 years old.
I used 18 gallon storage totes I bought at the hardware store. The first thing I did was drill holes in the bottom of the containers for drainage. Then filled them about half way with potting soil. Here is a glance at my entire garden. This is perfect if you only have a small space like I do for a garden.
This was before I knew I could use a saw . Maybe I need to build a wooden fence around the containers to dress it up. I built the garden last year, this is my second year, so planting was pretty easy.
These pictures were taken in mid May, so this garden has definitely filled in a bit since then. I have also made a few changes. The beets I planted would sprout and then become lunch for something the next day…and eventually they were gone. The peppers I planted this year (from seed) didn’t seem to take, so I ended up replacing them with tomato plants, since you can never have enough tomatoes.
I ran irrigation through the containers by drilling holes in the sides and using a kit I bought at the hardware store. It was super simple. I have a timer on the faucet and I know that my plants are getting water every day. Here is a picture giving you an idea what that looks like.
And here are some of my plants as they are beginning to get their first vegetables
We ate the peas faster than they could grow…they were so yummy. Once temperatures got hot this summer, this guy was not happy. I learned that peas like cool weather. Next year I am going to try a summer garden and a winter garden.
I planted the zucchini from seeds, they have just gone crazy. Zucchini plants get big! I planted a tri-color zucchini and this year have mostly gotten yellow and a marble green color. These are just a couple of what we have gotten this year.
I love these, we slice them up. Coat with a thin layer of olive oil…salt and pepper and throw them on the BBQ…yum!
I now have 5 tomato plants in different varieties. Here is my first tomato of the year:
Tomatoes are easy to grow…they like LOTS OF WATER AND LOTS OF SUN!
When I left for vacation I had about 30 tomatoes or more green and on the vine…I hope they wait for me to get home!
I love being able to go outside…see what is ready and pick it, cook it, and eat it in the same day. Having an herb garden makes it more fun to cook as well.
This is oregano and cilantro I used for some chicken tacos.
Come back Wednesday for some tips for each type of vegetable that I have grown. I will talk a little more about fertilizer, watering, and pests. Last year I did corn, tomatoes, onions, carrots, peas, zucchini, habanero peppers, bell peppers and green onions.
This year I started with beets, cabbage, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini, Serrano peppers, bell peppers.