I mentioned that we built some homemade Earth Boxes – self watering containers for growing garden vegetables. We decided to grow our garden on the deck because we have a bumper crock of rocks and deer. Neither is conducive to growing a productive garden. We used these plans with 18 gallon plastic totes, and began to wing it once we understood what we were doing.
So far, we have:
- 1 container of bush beans – 20 plants total. These are a heritage variety, so we can save seeds for next year.
- 1 container of peas (half sugar snaps, half alaska, both bush varieties) – 16 plants total
- 2 containers of cucumbers, again a bush variety. I know we’ll have to provide support for some of our plants eventually but I’m trying to skirt the issue for as long as possible. 8 plants total
- 2 containers of strawberries – 12 plants total
- Roma tomato plants: 2 in 5 gallon buckets, made into self-watering containers from the plans above.
- Sweet One Hundred tomato plants, 2 of these in 5 gallon buckets as above. We hope to eat these like candy this summer.
- Some Simpson Lettuce and another variety of lettuce in a long narrow flower box just inside the dining room window. I’m hoping to grow greens indoors through the summer, where they will stay cool enough not to bolt in the summer heat. Am I too optimistic for a beginner? I’ll be starting more greens soon, some indoors and some outdoors. I’ll protect them with a bit of shade once the weather turns hot.
- Naturtium, an edible flower that reportedly helps discourage certain insect pests and will beautify our deck garden since the plastic tubs are not exactly doing the beautification job.
I still need to buy pepper plants. We want sweet bells and jalapenos; we’ll have to be careful not to let them cross-polinate! I also have seeds for Swiss Chard (which I’m told is very tolerant of summer heat), a heat-resistant type of spinach, mint, and chives. There’s more on my list, but I’m not about to go find my purse and dig out the list. You’ve heard enough, haven’t you?
What do you think is missing from my garden? Keep in mind I’m in the San Antonio area: long, hot dry summer! What’s in yours? And tell the truth, how am I going to be disappointed? Too much? Too little? Bad choices? What would you do differently?