pinokeeo's fantastic garden
inspired me to share my own little garden with you all. It's really small but I think there are probably a few apartment/condo dwellers out there facing some of the same gardening challenges. I hope this gives you some inspiration for your own garden.
In pots, from left to right, I have sage, a cantaloupe I planted yesterday (as sort of an experiment), my dwarf tangerine tree and a rosemary plant. The rosemary it looking a little down in the dumps. It prefers cooler weather.
In this picture you can see my upside down tomatoes. This year we have one sun gold and one celebrity. The short green box is a worm box.
There are a couple things I really like about upside down tomatoes. They take up less space on the ground which is awesome, particularly if you have a really small patio or balcony. They also don't really get creepy crawly pests. And they don't get shaded by the fence which for my patio is a very big deal. If you're interested in how we did these, let me know and I can write more about them.
The worm box. I love this thing. I got the box a couple years ago for Christmas, but I know some people make their own. The starter worms came from a nice woman on freecycle. Basically, a worm box is like a mini compost box. You put in chopped up fruit and veggie scraps with some shredded paper and the worms turn it into garden magic in the form of castings and worm tea. The castings get dug into the soil and the "tea" (icky runoff water) gets added to the watering can and sprinkled on the plants. Again, if you want to know more about it, just let me know.
Along the fence, I have a strip of dirt about 18 inches wide. This side gets pretty much no sun and I haven't yet been able to find anything that will grow well. So we're experimenting!
There's some corn up against the fence... I'm hoping that it will grow tall enough to reach the sun. I'll let you know how it goes. In front of it are a couple little lemon balm plants. They're one of the few herbs that tolerate the shade. They smell awesome and I have high hopes for these little guys.
This fence is the sunniest spot of the whole patio. Well, this is half of the fence. The other half is in the next photo.
Here I have a couple cucumber plants against the fence with some string fashioned into a make shift trellis. I did the same thing last spring with peas and it worked great! Vine type plants take full advantage of the sun on the vertical fence. In front of the cucumbers are a couple pepper plants. Yum, jalapenos!
The other half of the sunny fence. Here I have some pole beans planted against the fence and an italian parsley plant right in front of that. In this photo you can also see some of our drip system. I'm not going to lie, it was the most expensive part of our garden at around $100. But it was totally worth it. It has a timer, so we don't have to pay anyone to water when we're out of town and it's awesome not to have to hand water everyday. My hubby put it in himself and says it wasn't terribly difficult. He did our whole patio in a single afternoon and it waters everything, even the hanging tomatoes.
So there's my garden. A lot of the plants we've just put in the ground yesterday, so I'll let you know as the summer goes on how they do. If you have any comments, questions or handy tips, I would absolutely love to hear them.