We have a pair of boxes mounted on our deck railing, and we just had our first harvest of leaf lettuce 2 days ago. We use a mix of potting soil and material from our compost pile in the boxes, and it seems to work well.
We tried butterfly bush as well, and it didn't do anything either. This is butterfly weed, (Asclepias tuberosa) that we grew from seeds planted last year. Although they sprouted and grew last year, they take a full year from planting before they bloom, but the results speak for themselves. Plus, they are perennials.I love all your pictures! And I love seeing flower pictures every bit as much as I love seeing veggie pictures. N NY cat man That is some camera....your flower pictures are stunning. We have tried several times to grow butterfly bush, but they don't survive. One of my co-workers said that he even cuts his bushes right down to the soil in the fall and it comes back every spring. They are beautiful. And that dianthus is stunning.
We have green peppers. I need to go up today and take some. I will use some of them in our hot sausage sandwiches tonight and the rest I'll put in the freezer. We have little, about two-inch green beans. There are actual full-size strawberries in the bed; we're waiting for them to color. There are tomatoes, just little green tomatoes, but we have quite a few. The squash is coming on, both zucchini and yellow squash. But it's been really dry and, even though, we are watering, it's not enough. We did have a nice shower this morning; hopefully that will help a bit. No butternut flowers yet, but again, that could be due to it being so dry.
I third the succulent love. They can seem exotic to some, but I find them beautiful. Air plants, also. They get plenty of love on Pinterest if anyone needs inspo. I’ve been helping my friend with his plants, and really itching to get my own. Here are some young olive trees, flowers and herbs.Would you have any recommendations with growing vegetables in pots outside? Starting that this month as a fun project to keep me busy. I did buy a book, but if you have any tips to share! With your expertise in herb gardening, any tips for cilantro? Most of the veggies and cilantro will be grown from seeds as it was cheaper... so it will be exciting to see what grows!
@LTS3 Succulents!! Around Feb. I placed my succulents in a box above my closet as my kittens kept pulling the plants out and meant to give or throw them all away. Never did, and when I went to clean out my rental at school early May, there will still some succulents alive in the box! They even grew, although were etiolated due to lack of sunlight, which was evident by them growing stretched out with leaves spaced farther apart.
This is what they normally look like and before they were put into a box... Healthy plants getting enough sunlight:
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My plants still alive after being in a box on the top of my closet and no watering.
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Close-up of one that etiolated due to lack of sunlight, but it still grew.
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I haven't had much luck with some plants in the past, but succulents have been so fun to keep! Low maintenance, too. Water once a week during growing season, enough that water drips out the draining hole and good to go until next watering. If not growing season, watering can be done even less. Plus, they are easy to propagate through leaves and cuttings.
Excited about this thread and to share updates along my gardening journey.
Stunning! A garden of Eden. I just ordered a book on hummingbird gardening and hope to have those feathered pollinators around soon.Hey folks, just popping in really quick. Ive been messing around with the gardens since May and am trying some vegetables this year. I redid the tire garden and a neighbor gave me some fencing so I'm in the process of setting it up.
I had to move the tires due to soil way too wet where they were. I planted pickling cukes, pumpkins and going to plant pole beans for a fall harvest down there.
Up on the yard I planted a ton of potatoes red skin and Yukon. They are coming along beautifully. I've got to hill them because they are over 2 feet tall...I have been using the junk in my compost pile and it seems to be working. I've got a bag of compost I've got to spread out too.
In the front yard road garden I have orange grape tomatoes growing and various flowers. We are in a drought and I'm out watering nightly with it so hot.
I need to catch up on your posts
I have butterfly bushes and i did lose 2 of them this year. Ive got 3 left. They like to be watered often when spring is here. Last year I didn't keep up with the watering so probably why I lost 2. I planted these many years ago. I leave them for the winter and spring cut back a foot from the ground...i have them in afternoon sun. They grow 6 feet or taller..
Here's some pictures..
Tire garden, pickling cukes. I just spray painted my tomato cages a fluorescent yellow...these were rusty nasty.
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Pumpkins and beans
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Two different types of tomatoes. One is a Rainbow and the other is a dark color? I can't remember. These were for sale at Ocean state lot and these have been very successful!
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Marigold and orange grape tomatoes
I sprayed the cages a hot pink color.
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A new plant this year. Sun drops. A lady down the road is selling dug out plants for cheap money so I've been trying a few different things
I've got 2 more things to plant soon...and forgot what it's called.
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Night shade petunias and lobelia? I think it's called..
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False sunflowers are growing huge here. Bee balm is in the background.
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Hot pink wave petunias and that putple blue flower stuff. I did buy petunias off Ebay again and these were super tiny back in may. These grew HUGE in a short amount of time. I did feed them liquid fertilizer 2 times so far.
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These were only planted 2 or 3 weeks ago and were super tiny. I bought expensive potting mix by miracle grow and got the water retention one, what a difference it made!
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A hanging plant from ocean state lot amd the vine is clematis. It's almost ready to bloom.
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Another clematis and the side garden.
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Hosta is HUGE. This one is in shade, the others are smaller...these make purple flowers. View attachment 340778
The huge bee balm is still growing...
I will post more pictures soon...this year has been a really good year for growing except for the drought but the weather has been sunny and HOT every day.
You're welcome. By the way, the seeds we got are from Burpee.N NY cat man Thank you! I'm going to look for butterfly weed. It's so pretty.
We had one ripened strawberry, which Rick promptly washed and gobbled down. He says we need to go up to pick yellow beans; he thinks we have enough for a meal for the two of us. I always get excited when we can pick the veggies.
Love the pictures, guys!
That smaller pink looks like yarrow-it comes in different colors and very hardy.The pink lilies are Asiatic lily Tiny Athlete. Don’t know the name of the red lily because a neighbor gave me them, and I don’t remember what the reddish pink small flower plant is. It starts out almost red and then fades to light pink
No, haven’t had that problem, at least not yet. I do have a creature, probably a rabbit, that eats a few leaves but usually just on one or two plants.I hope you don't have the same problem with your lilies that we do with ours- red lily beetles. Some of them have had half of their leaves eaten off in almost no time at all. Neem oil doesn't faze them, so I went to plan B- diatomaceous earth. According to the online source I found, by coating the ground around the plant stems, the spiracles of the beetle get clogged by the powder and they suffocate. The advantage is that no toxic chemicals are used. Now, I'll just have to wait and see if it works or not.