My First Container Garden

So I decided to a biweekly update on my new container garden.! Which I am EXTREMELY excited about by the way! This is my first time doing a container garden.

I attempted one last year but that so did not go as planned! I was pregnant and miserable and I lost my green thumb… It was such a sad sight.Therefore I am starting from scratch all over again

Therefore I am starting from scratch all over again! Sorta. Some plants are from seed while some are from transplant that I bought at the Home Depot! Such healthy little things. I have herbs, veggies, fruit, and flowers. Only a few each, though. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself.

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My Herbs

The herbs I decided to start this year are:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Sweet Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Grass

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I also have a Citronella plant as well but only because I absolutely LOVE the smell. (PLUS my family and I live in Southern Louisiana so it helps to have one- ha) I might use in homemade bug lotion one day.

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Each has their specific uses so that is why I chose them. For example, the rosemary, mint, lemongrass, thyme, basil are all for culinary uses.  Lavender, citronella, and lemon balm are to eventually be used in some homemade products of mine. I cannot wait till they get a little bigger so I can start harvesting from them!!!

I chose to go the transplant route with the herbs mainly because I started so late in the season, they would not have gotten to harvesting size until this winter.

I have all of these plants by seed as well that I store for my future dream garden in Alaska!! (Which I’ll be moving too soon–more info on that in a future post) hehe

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My Veggies

Only have a few of these but hey:

  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Bell Peppers
  • Strawberries

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I might do watermelons and pumpkins later in the summer to test that container theory. They say that it is quite easy to do. I am excited to test that theory! So you will just have to keep an eye out for those posts!

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My kids chose the green beans and peas because they are fun to pick. I then decided on a bush variety that would be a lot more container friendly. Radishes grow quickly, therefore, the kids won’t lose interest due to the plants taking so long to grow. I use green bell peppers in almost all my cooking and strawberries are just fun!!

Flowers and Ornamentals

Sadly only two so far:

  • Lantana
  • Fernleaf Lavender

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Now I am not too big on flowers only because I can’t seem to keep them flowering! Which depresses me so I leave them alone. This year my mother convinced me to try a perennial that she loves, Lantana.

At her house, they seem to flourish and the butterflies absolutely LOVE them. And of course, butterflies are always a beautiful sight. I’ll have to get pictures of those soon and add on this post.

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If you have any ideas for flowers that are easy to maintain and do not mind the Southern Louisiana heat, shoot me a comment or email. If I can locate one, I will definitely give it a try.

Keeping Track

I think I am going to keep a chart of how much my plants grow at what rate when they are fertilized, watered and so on. It should be a fun little science/growing project for myself. (My youngins are still too small to understand that)

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Well, there we go. My first little container garden. I know it isn’t much but I like it! And I am super excited to share it with my readers.

Any tips for me or recommendations, just leave a comment for me. Thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

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