Spring has finally come for us, despite a few frosty nights. I have been busy over the last few weeks planting my container garden. I greatly increased the garden this year as I discovered a free source of pots. I had to entirely clean off our balcony to make room, removing our table, chairs and porch swing. In a previous post I talked about acquiring free icing buckets from the grocery store to cut down on pot costs. Unfortunately, I was unable to get enough containers to double and make-self watering pots, but I will continue to collect the empty buckets so I may do so next year.
In the same post, I made a plan for spacing and what crops I would plant. I had to edit my list a little bit. This is what I ended up with:
|(1) Blueberry bush||(3) doz. Onion bulbs|
|(1) Early Girl tomato||(2) Red peppers|
|(1) Celebrity tomato||(1) Red Bell pepper|
|(1) Big Boy tomato||(1) Jalepeno pepper|
|(1) Roma tomato||(8) Yellow Corn plants|
|(1) Beef steak tomato||(3) Yellow potatoes|
|(1) Cherokee Purple heirloom tomato||Herbs|
|(1) Black Krim heirloom tomato||(1) Mint|
|(2) Strawberries||(1) Purple Basil|
I want to add lemon grass and string beans to the mix, but I haven’t been able to find any lemon grass yet. I just planted carrot seeds tonight and I have more potatoes and onions waiting to be planted as soon as I get some more containers. The unseasonably warm winter and spring has caused everything to grow surprisingly fast.
My budget was stretched very thin the past few months, so I cut costs where I could. I used top soil for the pots and added time releases fertilizer rather than buying the more expensive potting soil. I have to say there is a serious difference in top soil quality based on where you get it from. The Home Depot top soil was decomposing conifer mulch, the Wal-mart top soil seems to be stuff dredged off the bottom of a river, sand with a fishy waste smell to it and a small amount of river rocks. While sand is not a brilliant choice for planting, fish waste is extremely good for growing veggies. It seems like kind of a toss up on whether or not it will suffice. Needless to say, I won’t be buying anymore top soil from wal-mart.