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Saturday morning

April 27, 2009

I decided to try a bit of veggie container gardening this year.  Not lots…I don’t want to waste a lot of money if my pots are all wrong or I don’t get enough sun.  I really am concerned about the sun.  My deck gets about five hours of afternoon sun, which isn’t a lot for veggies.   I don’t have another place to put the pots, so if this doesn’t work out there, it’s not going to work out at all.  Unless Scotty beams that giant, messy, sickly, grass-killing, pain-in-the-butt magnolia tree out of my backyard.

It’s true.  I make a terrible Southerner.  I don’t like magnolia trees.  They are a mess of irritating habits.

So anyway, I planted a tub with a Better Bush tomato, which is a compact variety bred for container gardening that is supposed to produce medium sized tomatoes.  I also stuck a basil plant and a couple marigolds in there, since pests often don’t like marigolds.  I planted another pot with a Bonnie Grape tomato plant and a dill plant that had been dying on my inside window sill.  And a smaller pot got a jalapeno pepper plant in it.  I grouped them with a large pot that’s been holding a rosemary plant for a couple of years, and a pot of mystery flowers and a sprig of vinca vine that I yanked out of my front flower patch.  I bought the mystery flowers at the commissary.  I asked the flower lady what they were and she told me they were a daisy of some kind.  Gee, that really helps.  For $2.99 I guess I can see what they become.

Everything transplanted well.  I used Miracle-Gro potting soil with moisture-retainer in it.  The veggies came in biodegradeable peat pots that you just plant right in the ground (after ripping off the bottom).  The vinca wilted yesterday but today has perked back up…that stuff is tough!  It seems I’m off to a good start.

Here’s a photo I snapped last night before the vinca vine got perky again:

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