Gail of Green Living


Spring Garden Mid-Term

Cucumbers on Trellis

This morning I gave my garden a Mid-Term exam.  The Straight 8 Cucumbers are finding the trellis very well, I think, and there are a couple of cucumbers developing under all that foliage.  My challenge here is having the south exposure in summer is going to cause a lot of heat radiating off the patio.  The plant had a couple of afternoon melt-downs this last week with mid-80 temperatures.

Sweet Millions

I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many cherry tomatoes on one stem.  I was counting 17 this morning!  Sweet Millions is not a variety that should be in a pot, but here it is anyway!

Pinto Beans

We had a small serving of pinto beans a few days ago, and they were delicious and very tender.  I picked quite a few this morning, and with another day or two, we can have enough to eat again.  They won’t last much longer, so I’m glad I started them a month ago!  I haven’t seen green, young pinto beans for sale in a long, long time.

Better Bush Tomatoes

This Better Bush plant has the strongest, stoutest stems I have ever seen on a tomato.  This makes it absolutely perfect for containers.  Look how dense the foliage is.  I see a few tomatoes in there, but I have no idea how this variety tastes yet.  The plant gets an A+!

Early Girl Bush

The Early Girl Bush variety sets blooms at cooler temperatures so it is understandable that it would be loaded with fruit already.  The stems are strong, and they are holding up a lot of fruit already.  I’ve never tasted these either.

Onions

I’m afraid the Onions get a D-!  Two days ago, there were some red onions and white onions growing in this pot, but today I noticed an army of pill bugs have finished off most of the tops!  I’m going to see if I can get rid of the army and see if the green tops will return.  They may have eaten the bulb below the soil, but I didn’t check.

How would you grade your garden at this point?

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Early Spring Garden–More Real Food

Straight 8 Cucumbers

Last year, my cucumbers were productive and tasted wonderful, but I would give the planting in the pot a D+.  When summer winds started blowing, the tomato cages blew over with the heavy cucumbers and after about four “recoveries”, I gave up.  This year, I planted organic seeds indoors, then transplanted them into two large pots, but the big difference is that I placed the pots on the south side of the house, and …

Cucumbers with bamboo trellis

I hung a bamboo trellis from the eave of the house.  We will see how well these cucumber vines fare this year.  They should get plenty of sun.

Pinto Beans

I promise the seed package said these were bush beans, but they are climbing up the tomato cage.  Unlike the cucumbers, the beans will not be heavy.  And they will not even be around very long, because Pinto Beans are not fond of hot weather.  But I hope to get enough to eat at least one meal.

California Wonder Bell Peppers

This is last year’s bell pepper plant.  I pruned it recently and it already has blooms.  These peppers are so delicious, with thin skin and few seeds.  I am adding epsom salts to make the leaves green again.

Don’t forget that your container plants require plant food more often, and only use organic.  There are so many now, and no one needs chemicals!