I have been buying some nice sized planters from Fred Meyers for the last month. The planters are 28 inches long and about 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep. This a good size for many garden plants from herbs to lettuce and even some root crops like radishes that don’t need a lot depth for root crop production. I have added a small fence in the middle of the pots in hope that the cats won’t have enough room to scratch/poo in these pots as well as protect the plants as they grow. The planters are placed along the sidewalk area that gets more sun since I cut down the dead cherry tree but the area is still somewhat protected from full overhead sun. If the plants don’t do well in this spot I can always move the planters to a different spot in the yard for optimal growing conditions.
I cleaned up two of the large party buckets and filled them up for a couple of Raspberry plants. It seems the Heritage raspberries can be grown in large containers of 5 gallon size or larger. Ever since I cut out the overgrown section of grape vines I have been looking for a plant to add to that fence line that loves the sun but can get buy with watering 2-3 times a week and does not climb or spread like crazy. The Heritage raspberries look like a good a fit for this spot and if I’m wrong I can move the containers.
Container gardening seems to many people as not “REAL” gardening. Like if you don’t have rows of crops in a big garden or in raised beds you are not really gardening. Thank goodness for the square foot garden movement as that has encouraged more people to start small scale gardening that can be very productive. Using large planters is very similar to the raised bed garden concept and you can easily move the ” raised beds” if you guess wrong about the about sunlight levels or how easy it is to water the beds. No matter how you do YOUR garden you will pay in sweat or money and most likely a little bit of both but I think the payoff is worth the effort.
I got another four gallons of 30% vinegar delivered from Home Depot. While the stuff ain’t cheap I much prefer using this vinegar as a weed killer compared to Round up that kills the soil. I sprayed the weeds in the alley way and I noticed my sun chokes are starting new growth and filling in again since I started using the 30% vinegar. I still haven’t found any puncture vine/goatheads in my alley way area that is sprayed with vinegar. Morning glory has come back but another spray with the vinegar gets that plant under control if not eliminated.
I kept one gallon of the vinegar as a cleaning agent I can dilute for cleaning water marks on my windows and lime scale deposits because of the hard water in this area. The results I get using this diluted vinegar is better than I have gotten using products like CLR and vinegar is safer to use and much less toxic.
The weather is warming up to 100 degree F. for the next few days and then back into the mid 70’s over the weekend. Summer heat is here so it is time to get some protective covers ready for the planting boxes. I did not get the Agriborn cover that I like in February and missed out so I’ll use some canvas tarps and cotton sheets to block the sun during the hottest part of the day. I love having the PVC pipe frames that I have for the raised garden bed. Those frames make adding any sort of protective cloth over the beds super easy and you don’t put any weight on young plants covering them up.
My Japanese radishes have bolted but the pink beauties seem to have handled the weird weather. The Rocky Mt. mixed greens are dong great in both the patio bed and the raised bed with no sign of bolting. The Baby Bok choy is doing okay in the patio bed but less than stellar in the raised bed. My pets disturbed the early plantings of starter plants and some of the direct sown plants with digging. I’m adding more barriers but I’m playing catchup this Spring planting season.
The melon’s bed looks like a total bust. I’m going to add a few greenhouse plants to the garden to fill in the places my starter plants failed. Some of the problems were my fault and some were Mama Nature getting a little freaky with hail storms, rain down pours and random short term heat waves. That is gardening!