Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Container Gardening

I'm starting to become more realistic. That the huge garden I have planned in my mind will not be a 'spring project' but more of a 5-year-plan. I have since decided to do a few containers to tide me over until I can get my hands dirty in the yard. The hard part was deciding what to put in the containers! Containers plants can be finicky and I'm going to have to watch water and soil mix. I've had problems with both tomatoes and zucchini in the past when planting them in the ground. So those are two I am planning on doing for certain plus peppers . Last year I had very nice red pepper plants that did not produce a thing. I started them from seed and ended up as huge, tall beautiful house plants. Sadly, no peppers.
The previous owners left us 3-4 huge clay pots that I need to get under plates for before they are used for 'gardening'. Last year I planted flowers which were beatuiful but I would like the pots to be of better use this year.

To begin I am going to need soil, preferably organic. I will be able to fill the bottom of the pots with organic material from the woods if I can't find any good cheap organic soil in Bemidji.
(I am still an amateur when it comes to buying organic supplies for gardening so hopefully I can find companies that practice what they preach.) Online I found a reasonably priced mix:

Garden Safe Natural Organic Potting Mix
Product Features -
Enriched with organic slow-release plant food and humates for vigorous plant growth for up to 9 months- naturally!
Contains organic wetting agent to improve water penetration throughout the mix
OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute) listed for the use and production of organic food & fiber.
Member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club.
Product Description -
Premium, 100% organic potting mix formulated for growing flowers, vegetables and herbs in containers.

As for my seeds... I am going tohopefully be ordering my tomatoes, peppers and zucchini from:
www.heirloomseeds.com

I will post pictures when I get started. I am hoping to get the seeds planted and ready to go by the second week in April. I am lucky enough to have a south facing garage so I can get up in the morning, pull the pots out and let the seeds start their business. When I get home at night I can pull the pots back into the garage so they don't get too cold.

Will post pictures when this whole process starts!
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