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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… Read more

Fallen Tomato

That’s what my tomato plant did. It fell and it was all my fault. When my plants grew larger than expected I purchased a cage to contain them. When they grew beyond the cage, I sat, marveled and watched them grow. I would say to myself, “I really ought to find a way to contain… Read more

Weight Loss

Every morning I check my garden to make sure things are moving along swimmingly and that squirrels haven’t been snacking on my tomatoes. In one of my mesclun mix pots I noticed a portion of the growth was stunted. My initial thought was it was getting too much sun, but further investigation told me sun… Read more


Container Garden Update #3

I had been so busy with my tomato plants that I almost forgot about my basil. After removing the slime mold from one of the basil plants I took an objective look and realized I should have pinched the basil quite some time ago. They were growing tall with nice big leaves, but they weren’t… Read more

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Slime Mold

Slime Mold

I did my usual container garden and plant check this morning and was greeted by a thick off white moldy type of thing. It almost looked like someone took tapioca pudding and plopped it onto the soil and molded a bit around the bottom of the basil plant. After getting my glasses (and camera) to… Read more

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Is it the Bokashi?

Bokashi Plants

Not having planted a container garden before, I’m wondering if this type of growth is normal. Here’s a picture of my container when I first planted everything on 5/20/2012.  I planted basil, cayenne peppers, tomato, arugula and strawberries. Three and a half weeks later, I have a mini jungle. This is what it looked like… Read more


When I first started my container garden I had a concern in the back of my mind that our short growing season wasn’t enough time for me to make all of my mistakes in order to become a better gardener. Professional or seasoned gardeners have learned through years of trial and error the hows, wheres… Read more


Container Garden Update #2

Container Garden

Things have been moving right along with my container garden. Some things are just breaking through the soil, others are growing and of course, there always has to be a less than desirable outcome (or two, or three). Let’s Get the Bad Out the Way Okay, my less than desirable outcome has to do with… Read more


I’ve learned quite a bit about maintaining plants over the past few weeks. Bokashi is quite the environmental, ecosystem, soil food web educator. Municipalities put chlorine in drinking water to kill off bacteria. That makes perfect sense because no one wants to drink water with harmful bacteria swimming around in it. That works perfectly well… Read more


Mushroom Quiz


Can anyone identify this mushroom? After some pretty hefty rain, I discovered these mushrooms growing in one of my container vegetable gardens. The Felicia of old would have freaked out, but the new, more mature organic gardener is welcoming the interesting looking visitors. From information I’ve gleaned over the Internet, mushrooms are a sign of… Read more