Container Garden Week 4

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Look at those plants! I can’t tell you how in love with them I am. It’s like parenting but without the back-talk. What a joy!

I had to dig up the petunias; they were attracting slugs, the little hussies. And the Zucchini and Pepper plants seem to be much happier with the pots to themselves.

We have lots of flower buds right now. Here are future tomatoes:

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And future Zucchini:

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Pernicious mint:

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And more baby Cilantro!

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I used some of my rosemary and thyme on baked chicken this week and it was incredible. Herbs are probably the greatest investment right now because they are usable every day without impeding their growth.

The organic pesticidal soap and removal of the petunias seems to have helped the pest problem but if it goes on another week, I will try something stronger. The pepper flower of last week disappeared, which might have happened in a storm but… I’m not growing veggies for the bugs!

Sigh. So much love for those plants.

Happy Thursday, all!

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Container Garden Week 3

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The container garden is flourishing! Seriously. Look at that zucchini plant! And the tomato plants have really put on some height and additional stems. There are even buds on the pepper plant despite what looks like a pest problem.

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I picked up some organic insecticidal soap to help with that. Hopefully, I’ll see an improvement this week. The basil I screaming for me to use it all up, but the whole family has recently started the South Beach Diet so my intense urges to make pasta and smother it in fresh basil and olive oil will have to wait two more weeks. I think I’ll shoot for pesto instead. I’ve seen recipes that sub broccoli and other heartier goods for the pine nuts (nut allergy here) so we’ll see what I can come up with.

And to my great surprise, my cilantro (or spinach if I am not remembering correctly) has sprouted a week after I gave up hope!

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Eva continues to want to water the garden zealously… Tough to explain that all the rain we’ve had in the past few days means we don’t need to, but the grass in the yard probably appreciates her efforts. Her joy in this endeavor is just so beautiful. Let’s just hope she doesn’t pick all the tomato flowers for a bouquet!

Container Garden Beginnings

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Eva and I have a container garden! We have tomatoes, peppers, basil, zucchini and mint in the works and some cilantro, spinach, and marigolds just seeded.

This new obsession was a Mother’s Day gift from a wonderful friend. I check the plants every morning. Eva talks to her marigold seedling. I love breathing in the gentle scent of mint on our deck with my morning coffee in hand. It might be my new form of religion.

Anyone surprised I’m taking up gardening? I don’t like getting dirty. I wear dresses and heels nearly every day of the week. But a bag of potting soil and a couple of seed packets really get me excited apparently.

Let’s call it another manifestation of embracing motherhood and the changes it has wrought in me. These plants are an investment of time. I have to remember to take care of them! Let’s hope we can last the next 30-50 days until harvest. I can’t wait to see Eva’s excitement over out first tomato fruit or a batch of homemade basil pesto. Seriously, that is going to be a thrilling mommy moment.

A new adventure has begun!