This year I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to the trouble of building a raised garden bed or just do more container gardening. There isn’t a great spot in our yard for a raised bed. No matter where we place it, it would be awkward. After putting off the decision for much too long, I stuck with the container gardening in hopes that maaaaybe we will have a new house next year with a yard that would fit a raised bed or two.
My mom bought me some giant pots at Costco. I was originally going to plant flowers in them, but used them for basil and tomatoes instead. I bought four basil plants and two tomato plants at the farmer’s market. One of the tomato plants was a “patio” plant and the other was an heirloom variety. I ended up planting both of them in the same pot. It probably wasn’t the best choice, but at the time I thought the pot was big enough for both.
Anyway, we had a TON of rain in the month of June and even though my pots had drainage holes in the bottom, stayed soaked for weeks. They just couldn’t dry out because it would instantly rain again. Both the basil and tomatoes suffered. I had huge basil harvests last summer from fewer plants. I’ve only had two harvests this summer. Whomp. Whomp. The “patio” tomato plant gave us some small, but delicious tomatoes. However, the heirloom plant has only given me one so far. There are two more still on the plant, but now that the temps have plummeted, I don’t think they’ll make it.
We also planted two pumpkin plants from the farmer’s market. One of them kicked the bucket within the first two weeks, but the other one hung on and has produced two small pumpkins. The kids are excited to cut them off the vines.
Here are a few photos from my summer gardening adventure.
In conclusion, I’m happy that I took another stab at gardening and plan to continue with it every summer from here on out. I still loved going out to check on my plants every morning. It was such a thrill to finally find tomatoes growing. I was SO incredibly excited to eat a tomato that I grew myself. It’s true what they say about how much better they taste when they’re fresh from your own garden. We used them in tacos, BLT sandwiches and to top burgers. So, so good.
I wish that my basil had produced they way it did last year, but there’s always next year!
We’ll be cutting our pumpkins from the vine very soon, so I’ll post photos of those once they’re cut and on our porch.
Here’s to another adventure in gardening!
P.S. I have way more photos, but didn’t want to bore you to death! See you next week!