A Few Containers in my Container Garden
June 10, 2010
My main gardening method is square foot gardening in raised beds using companion planting. This is a high density growing method. Currently my raised beds give me 80 square feet of growing space. Two new beds going in will increase the growing space to 112 square feet. In addition to that I have several large containers that tend to be used more some years than others. My largest round containers are 16" diameter and 11" deep, 5 gallon containers. They have plugs in the bottom so I have used a couple of them in the past for small water features. I also have a couple 5 gallon square containers, several 24" window boxes and of course all other miscellaneous containers home gardeners tend to accumulate.
Container gardening is another high density growing method. This year is a year of heavier container use for no particular reason other than increasing growing space. So I started planting containers as well. Pictured are four of the planted containers. Starting at the top and moving clockwise are: Veestar strawberry, Boston pickling cucumbers, zucchini and Tiny Tim tomato. If you look close you can see the baby zucchini on the plant. Zucchini grow so fast that they will be ready for picking shortly. Currently in containers:
- edibles - Bonston pickling cucumbers (4), spearmint, brandywine (2), zucchini, Veestar strawberry, herbs (thyme, rosemary, summer savory, sage, sweet basil, purple ruffles basil, Siam Queen basil, boxwood basil)
- non-edibles - Pinnacle salmon geraniums (10), pink wave petunias (6), Ultra Blue petunia (8),