Inspired by Florrie’s major success with her container gardening last year I was inspired to set up my own. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of paying through the nose for fresh produce. Besides that, it puts me in mind of Land Girls and Victory Gardens. Since we’ve decided in our kitchen renovation (look for a post regarding this tomorrow) will be a 1940’s WWII theme, its perfect.
We have been accumulating little plants for about two weeks now. And Murray had the great luck to stumble upon a great little shop in the neighborhood that sells flats of veg. They are really nice, sturdy, healthy looking plants, too. Outside the kitchen window is a little mini roof that covers a doorway to the porch on the floor below us. Its about 3′ x 6′ and its the perfect (mostly) sunny spot for some things to grow.
Last night Murray and I went to Home Depot and stocked up on dirt. this afternoon we spent 45 minutes setting up Le Jardin du Flat. :O)
Our leafy cast of characters is as follows;
We started out by drilling a few drainage holes in the bottom of the tubs. We don’t want roots sitting in overly wet dirt and rotting.
Next we filled the containers with dirt and broke up the bigger bits.
We made some holes, filled them with some fresh water and put in the plants. In the big container we planted three tomato, two peppers and three eggplant. We had 12 plants total, but we didn’t want them to get too crowded, although I did nestle in a couple extra spinach plants. I figured they would stay low-ish and the others would tower over so it should work out alright.
In the smaller blue tub we planted the lettuce and the rest of the spinach. the bigger rosemary plant got its own pot, as did the lavender.
In our long zinc window box planter we added the smaller rosemary as well as the basil.
I also potted a little terra cotta pot with a basil plant and some dill. The dill was a little small and straggly, so we’ll see how he fares. I hope he perks up and takes off. Time will tell.
So there it is. Our little mini container garden. Its going to be grand!