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Old 05-30-2012, 06:43 PM   #181
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Dangerously dry here and has been for the last two months, so we opted not to put in our usual huge garden.

Instead, we're trying our hand at container gardening and upside down planters.

So far, so good. Actually, so far....great!

We have 4 Roma tomato plants, 1 grape tomato plant, one each of red, green, yellow and orange bell pepper plants, an eggplant, three zucchini, two cucumber, three yellow straight-neck yellow squash, along with some thyme and tarragon and, tomorrow the Italian green beans will get planted.

There are lots of blooms on many of the plants and they're growing and thriving. We're quite pleased.
I think you will love container gardening, Katie. We're surrounded on 3 sides here by timber, so I have to run around and find the sunniest places, or be content with hostas and ferns! Been using containers for years, and the yields can be really good, especially for bush beans, toms, peppers, and cukes for us.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #182
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I think you will love container gardening, Katie. We're surrounded on 3 sides here by timber, so I have to run around and find the sunniest places, or be content with hostas and ferns! Been using containers for years, and the yields can be really good, especially for bush beans, toms, peppers, and cukes for us.
I've had no luck with container gardening til last year...Now it's part of the way to go because I had a hard time getting out back to pick and water plants. I can do it now but I fell in love with the half barrels I put jalapeno's in one sweet Italian peppers for frying in an other, one has gladiolas another tomatoes a black krim, trees you name it my s-i-l has potted it, Calif poppies, strawberries, a blackberry, , plus all types of fruit trees. but out back there is corn, grapes,cucumber, melons but I love the half wine barrels best...
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:50 PM   #183
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Here is the start of our small humble trellis garden.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #184
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Are those tomatoes growing upside down, the ones in the last pic?
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Are those tomatoes growing upside down, the ones in the last pic?
Yes they are just as the cherry tomatoes.

Eliminates bracing up the tomatoes like when grown in the ground.
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I tried on of those at the farm, the brandyvines did their darnedest to grow upright--and succeeded. I got rid of it after that.
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One of the herbs I bought in a small pot is winter thyme. Should I plant it in a pot or in the ground? Would it be likely to survive the winter in the ground? I live on Montreal Island, which is zone 5.
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One of the herbs I bought in a small pot is winter thyme. Should I plant it in a pot or in the ground? Would it be likely to survive the winter in the ground? I live on Montreal Island, which is zone 5.
Thyme doesn't overwinter well for me here, also zone 5. I've been planting it in the ground, then digging it up and bringing it inside to overwinter. I do have some groundcover creeping thyme, which does well outside year-round, but it doesn't have the good flavor of the cooking thymes.

I do like to have thyme in the house during winter, as I can snip and use it "anythyme"!
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One of the herbs I bought in a small pot is winter thyme. Should I plant it in a pot or in the ground? Would it be likely to survive the winter in the ground? I live on Montreal Island, which is zone 5.
German winter thyme is a perennial and like most perennials, they come back in the spring. If you place a lot of mulch around it I would think it should do all right to winter it outside. My daughter has thyme and every year it comes back better and better. She started out mulching it and putting a plastic bag over it the first year. After that she just lets it do it own thing. The yard smells so nice though in the spring and summer from the thyme and other herbs she has growing.
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I tried on of those at the farm, the brandyvines did their darnedest to grow upright--and succeeded. I got rid of it after that.
That's to bad because we have been using the up side down method for five years with great results.
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