My container garden taught me several valuable lessons this summer:
- Indeterminate cherry tomatoes grow like monsters and cannot be contained by tomato cages.
- Collard greens grow beautifully in containers and so do basil, tomatoes, lemongrass, spearmint, mesclun mix, dill, mustard greens, jalapenos, cayenne, tarragon, radish and string beans.
- I think cabbage grows well in containers, but it’s hard to tell with the collard greens grabbing all the sun and hiding the cabbage.
- I think broccoli grows well in containers, provided you don’t put too many seeds in such a small container (guilty as charged).
- Be careful with arugula. If not properly trimmed and pinched it goes crazy.
- Strawberries don’t seem to like containers so much, but they are producing another round of strawberries.
- Caterpillars are a real pain in the butt.
- Self-watering containers rule (especially when growing indeterminate tomatoes).
- Do not use compressed particle board when affixing wheels to the bottom of a container. It doesn’t stand up to the rain so well (2 of the wheels rotted off).
- Squirrels (the little brats) love squash seeds but won’t touch radish.
- Bokashi and the tea is a great addition to any garden.
Will I do it again?
Absolutely! I’ve learned a lot this growing season and will modify things for next year. I like growing tomatoes, greens and herbs on the deck because it’s easily accessible for making salads. Next year, however, I’ll plant the cabbage and broccoli in the yard along with a few other items.
My only regret is that I didn’t plant more veggies such as cucumbers, onion, garlic, red and green peppers.
I’ve still got a lot of learning and planning to do for next year, but in the meanwhile, I’ll enjoy my current harvest. Oh, on a side note, I finally created my first window farm contraption. (I mentioned window farms in an earlier post ) By creating a window farm, I should be able to grow fresh veggies year round.
As with pretty much everything else I do, I’m experimenting with the window farm. My first contraption is very ugly, but I’m working on improving it both aesthetically and functionally. As usual, I’ll let you know how it goes.
8/9/12 Update: I just couldn’t stand looking at that ugly thing so I modified it to look a little less ugly. It’s still ugly, but at least I can tolerate it until I can figure out a better way to implement this.