Posts Tagged ‘Container Gardening’

I cannot keep a houseplant alive.  They all die at my hands whether I water, don’t water, diligently pay attention or ignore.  We have one plant in the house, some kind of succulent that refuses to die.  In college I had two cacti that died very soon after I acquired them, although much later on I learned that both my roommates were watering the cacti everyday, so maybe that one wasn’t my fault.  Anywho I seem to have some luck with plants of the outdoor sort, especially my veggies and herbs from last summer.  Growing time will soon be upon us, even though the weather in Cincinnati is pure yuck right now.  So this year I’m going to plan ahead and plant before the middle of June.

I am a landowner, I have a yard, it’s even big enough for a garden, but I choose to plant in containers.  My backyard borders “the woods” as I like to call it, and a large variety of wildlife and insects and other unsavory critters live there making a backyard garden difficult for me to maintain without a 20 foot barbed wire fence. 

Last year I planted and successfully grew tomatoes, red bell peppers, basil, mint, thyme, oregano and parsley.  And yes that is in fact a Topsy Turvy Tomato Planter as you may have seen on tv.  But before you ask incredulously, “Oh my gosh did you actually buy that off the infomercial?”, no I didn’t, I got it from QVC, so there!    

The ability to walk outside your back, or front door, and cut fresh herbs or to pick a fresh tomato is surprisingly rewarding.  I found myself finding and creating recipes so I could use as many of my homegrown ingredients as possible.  

It was also fun for my kids (they’re 3 and 4 and still easily entertained) to help water and pick things too.  We also had this insane pear tree that had so many pears on it that it almost broke in half despite my efforts to prop it up by whatever means necessary.  I even crossed the line into tacky by using PVC pipe to try to keep it upright.  I did not however go so far as to tie it with rope to the drain pipe on the corner of the house, which was suggested.  There would have been no crossing back after that.

This year I plan on planting my container garden again along with some non-container experiments as well.  I’ll let you know how it goes. 


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