Adventures in Container Gardening

Ryan and I are really into the Walking Dead. I always like to put myself in the character’s situations and wonder how I would fare. Over the winter I was telling Ryan that in the event of a zombie apocalypse that we would be okay meat wise because he can hunt and fish but neither of us can grow anything. I took it upon myself to start a little container garden on our deck this summer as a way to learn about gardening without committing to a large scale project. I grew two tomato plants and three pepper plants.

Had to bring the plants inside when it started snowing

Had to bring the plants inside when it started snowing

It’s gone pretty well I think! My down fall was that the pots I used didn’t have any drainage holes and we don’t own a drill. This rainy summer has drowned the plants a couple times and while I would pour the excess water out, one of my tomato plants couldn’t handle all the extra water and died. But not before I got a bunch of tomatoes off it!

This plant isn't doing so well, but it's still producing!

This plant isn’t doing so well, but it’s still producing!

My second tomato plant is flourishing and has a TON of green tomatoes on it, but they aren’t ripening which makes me wonder if I’m doing something wrong there.

This plant is starting to die too! But hopefully it holds out until all those tomatoes ripen

This plant is starting to die too! But hopefully it holds out until all those tomatoes ripen

My pepper plants are flourishing and I didn’t realize how big those plants got or I wouldn’t have put all three of them in the same pot! But they are producing lovely green peppers right now and flowering for more.

Pepper!

Pepper!

This was actually a lot easier than I had anticipated. If I had drilled drainage holes in the pots, I wouldn’t have had to tend to them almost at all this summer. We had so much rain this summer I didn’t have to water the plants too much. I did have to pour the water out during rainy days but other than that, these plants took almost no effort. Maybe my tomatoes would have gotten bigger if I used plant food, but that’s an experiment I’ll try next year.

The best part of container gardening? No weeding! My grandparents used to have a huge garden and my grandpa spent countless hours on his knees weeding, I haven’t had to pull a single weed from any of the containers.

If you live in an apartment, this is a great way to add some green to your deck and grow a little of your own food. I don’t feel ready to commit to a full garden next year but I think I’ll add a few more pots to the deck.

My first "harvest"

My first “harvest”

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