There are a lot of really wonderful reasons to have a container garden…but let me show you our two main reasons…
This is an ongoing blog about my days in the garden growing, so as the garden progresses or we make changes, the new pictures will be towards the bottom of the page.
The smaller Brindle is Bachelli, she is a rescue, a mix of who knows what, and we named after a winery in Italy, which happens to be where I get my favorite red wine.
The larger one, also a rescue is a Chinook…a powerful sled dog that we named Twobuck…after Twobuck Chuck wine sold at Trader Joe’s.
We couldn’t decide what to name her when she was a little puppy two years ago, so I threw the question out on Facebook…and Twobuck for whatever reason fit her perfectly.
Bachelli has grown to 70 pounds and could still get a little larger, and Twobuck is our big girl weighing in at 98 pounds.
Without trying very hard at all, both girls could destroy a garden in minutes.
Fortunately, they won’t get near the cans and have never attempted to get the vegetables and herbs inside.
There is also the wonderful fact that there are very few weeds…and the few that do grow, I don’t have to bend over to pick.
It just amazes us each year when we see the huge harvest these cans will yield. Enough to eat fresh, to freeze and to share.
I like the way this “different” garden looks and it’s been fun to watch it grow from 3 cans to 47. I would still be buying more cans…but my husband just may kill me if I did. 🙂
Twice a year my husband uses a sprayer and sprays the ground area…grass and rocks with Round-up.
That takes care of virtually all the weeds. Two or three times a year we also need to use bug spray on the plants,
when the plants are young and in June when we have a problem with bugs wanting to eat all the vegetables in the garden.
Every morning I take our coffee grounds outside and sprinkle them around the cans, I also crush the egg shells we use daily and they go in the cans also.
My roses love banana peals that I shove in the dirt in-between each bush.
Once a year I either purchase plants or grow from seed. I use Epson Salt in each hole when first planting and then feed with Miracle Grow on a
continual basis throughout the entire growing season.
The garden is planted for this year!
I’m always amazed how these little plants will grow so large and yield so much…God’s creations is amazing.
This was taken from the back of the garden looking towards the house and pool.
I love the sound of water running through the fountain.
All along the fence are different types of tomatoes growing in each can.
Place straw in the bottom of each can 3/4 of the way up, and then fill with good potting soil. Each few years you may need to add a little more potting soil, but not often.
When we lived in VA, we had a small 15 acre farm with nine cows, chickens, pigs, Guinea hens, turkeys and all the venison we could eat. We used the small red feed buckets that I hung on the top of the fence to feed the cows grain, the large troughs were for their water and the metal cans held feed for the other animals. The lids helped to keep out little critters.
After moving to GA into a much smaller home, we decided to use the cans for planting, the red feed containers for flowers and the troughs for sprawling plants. Going from three cans to over forty was a labor of patients on the part of my husband. But like he says…it ain’t easy being easy. 🙂
The drip irrigation lines go along the fence to water each can and my husband also put two electrical outlets. I’ve been wanting to string lights on the fence to make it look like there are fire flies in the garden, and hope to do that this fall. There is also electricity in the middle of the garden for the water fountain and lights under the Crape Myrtle trees. The drip irrigation is wonderful because it waters each can so slow that the roots receive the water they need to thrive…but I also love going out early in the morning with coffee in hand to water with the hose. My time with the Lord…and being able to listen to music in the garden is a huge plus for me.
The addition of plant food and epsom salt has been amazing to make what I grow produce much more than ever before.
Last year I started feeding the tomatoes on a regular basis, and what a difference it made…this year I will do the same. In past years we have had a problem with yellow, curled leaves on our tomatoes and I just found out that is a sign of soil deficient in magnesium. So this year we are adding one tablespoon of Epsom Salt into the dirt before we plant, and also to those previously planted…hopefully there will be a huge difference in our crops.
I took these 9 pictures this morning ~ April is usually when I plant all the cans.
The entrance to the garden is wonderfully fragrant this time of year. Blueberries, bell peppers and hot peppers are little now…but just wait.
The main walkway through the garden has herbs in each can. Strawberries and in the old water fountain and more cans of every herb and hot pepper we could find.
Cucumbers and squash are planted in the old cow troughs.
Knock out roses line the area in front of the cans. Chives, Sage, Marjoram, Basil, Cilantro, Tarragon and Mint in other cans.
Our three tier water fountain broke, so we repurposed it to hold strawberries.
All the herbs that we don’t use fresh will be hung to dry, that way we will have them all year long to use.
These are all the signs for each can that my husband made.
Zucchini is growing beautifully
Isn’t this an amazing amount of Basil? I went outside this morning and realized I needed to do a massive trimming.
So it was a day drying herbs, freezing them and making pesto.
All this from growing in a can show just how plentiful these small containers are.
I look forward to planting each year and always come up with new ways of using and storing what we grow.
I love basil so much that I use three cans to grow it in. We had a huge yield last year and the smell…ooooh if you could just be in my
kitchen when we harvest it…wonderful is such an understatement.
It freezes beautifully once made into pesto, I use it fresh daily in salads and of course in all my sauces…it is my favorite herb.
I love having this fresh aromatic herb right outside for me to use.
Because I planted an abundance of basil, I have enough to use fresh all season, dry plenty for use all year long and I also make pesto with it to freeze.
Tonight we had a Caprese salad made fresh from our garden.
Peas growing in the trough are doing so well too. Container gardening is a pleasure because there is no bending.
Roses planted 4 years ago and those same plants today…just beautiful.
I remember just like it was yesterday my Nana Vesta working outside in her garden taking such loving care for her incredible roses, and that
is why I love to surround myself with roses today. Their beauty remind me of hers.
A vase showing off a beautiful flower that she had just picked…usually roses, could be found any time of year in her home…it’s been years
and years, but the smell of a rose takes me back to wonderful memories being a child in her home.
Those sweet times of being with her are fresh in my heart and mind each time I walk into my own garden.
Each rose-bush was planted with so much love in her honor.
Italian Squash, peppers and onion sets were planted around each plant.
Romaine from the water troughs. Our two granddaughters Heidi and Natalie love helping me in the garden.
My husband engineered a wonderful drip water system for each can. Makes watering so much easier!
In the picture below is 5 tons of rock that we had to shovel by had and a water fountain that caused a ton of digging in order to have electricity in the garden…but it was worth every single bit of the work. Well that is easy for me to say, since it was my husband that did all the work. But I am thrilled with the results. He also built a green house for me with running water, a work bench and electricity to keep the plants warm during the cold winter months.
You can see how large and lovely the roses are now compared to the early shot of the roses not yet planted in the ground.
This was a labor of love that took my husband months to complete.
Zucchini…fresh right from the garden…what could be better. Olive oil, salt and pepper and on the grill for a few minutes…drizzle
with balsamic vinegar after grilling and it tastes incredible!
The garden shed that my husband built for me…our Rosemary that got so huge in the can we had to replant it in the ground.
And our beautiful Peonies that cascade over the retaining wall each year by the pool.
Romaine in the cow water trough and an old wheel-barrel for the strawberries.
The knockout roses have grown so much in just four years. Such beautiful color that we are able to see from the kitchen table.
When you walk into the garden do you not only see how beautiful they are but the smell is heavenly!
The entrance started off as two small plants on each side of the arbor, and look at it now! Two short years and it is just beautiful now.
I need to get out there and start trimming. I can smell honeysuckle from the kitchen in the spring when the windows are open.
We had baked potatoes the other night and all we had to do was walk outside into the garden to pick fresh chives for the topping…now if I could only figure out a way to grow bacon in one of my cans. 🙂
There is always work to be done in a garden, but it is a labor of love…and something that gives me much joy.
August 13, 2015