Thursday, March 10, 2016

A City Garden

I loved having a nice big garden here at the house in years passed.

Getting out there every morning to see what magic had occurred overnight with my tomatoes, carrots, and onions was such a joy.


Carrots and Onions
Cooking with my own food was such a pleasure.  Especially canning pickles and jalapeño slices.  But the thing I loved most that grew in the garden were the gourds.

The condo however has forced me to look at having a garden in a different way.  Without a plot of land to work I moved to pots and hanging baskets.

Cherry Tomatoes and Basil
I clipped and dug up some of the herbs from my house garden to plant in the pots.

Spearmint and Peppermint
But not everything will grow in pots so I picked wisely for my first year at attempting a hanging garden.

Oregano, Parsley, Chive
 I was surprised how easy it was to propagate the herbs.  Most of them I just snipped and stuck in the dirt, but some, like the basil, I stuck in water until roots grew then transferred them to soil.

Thyme, Rosemary, Thyme
This little guy is Sage and it's a good thing I clipped him.  Soon after I did the mother plant I took it from died.  It was choked out and didn't get enough sun.   Since this photo was taken 4 new leaves have grown and I'm hopeful it will do great.

If all goes well I plan to also try jalapeño, lettuce, and cucumbers next.  I still have more fence space and I get lots of wonderful sunshine.  Besides,  cucumbers in a hanging basket just sounds like fun.  The hard part will be getting it enough water.  I have a few ideas on that though.