Monday, November 16, 2009

Container Edibles - Simple Beginnings

Do Not Attempt This At Home!

Well, I used to think that about growing edibles in pots.
Especially here in Phoenix.

If you're new to this, I recommend starting simple, with plants that are sure to bring success and boost your confidence (something absolutely necessary in gardening).

(cilantro, red salvia, spearmint)

You can't go wrong with herbs and leafy greens. Many of these plants are not fickle about light, don't require much fertilizing, and can rebound from under or over watering.

(swiss chard, lemon thyme, spearmint, kale, dusty miller)

What I like most about growing herbs and greens in pots is the constant bounty. Many of these plants can grow year-round. They fill out the pots and look great just about anywhere in the garden (as long as they receive a bit of sunlight). Also, I can combine them with other flowering plants such as petunia, salvia, and oxalis.

(swiss chard with pine cone tephrocactus)

Don't feel limited by traditional container gardening. Our Phoenix weather allows us to do very interesting things. You'll always find some success in exploration.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Graduation Day...

Yes, I can hear the theme in the background as my little ones make their way out into the real world. No more spray misting, no more enclosed humidity, and no more baby talk (yes, I'm that kind of gardener).

(cucumber, cilantro, okra)

On month later, my little seedlings are now officially 'transplants'. They will live in 1gal cans for a couple of months chasing the sunny spots in the garden. Once Winter frost passes they'll find a permanent home just in time to set flowers and fruit for spring. Stay tuned...