Did some transplanting

on Sun, 02/14/2016 - 23:07

Well, I couldn't sleep last night, so I figured I'd use the time to transplant some of the bigger plants over to pots that were of a larger size. These ones are about 2.5x2.5, which is nearly double the space they had in the containers they were in. Not only that, but when it comes to greens I have a very hard time putting just one seed in each pot because the seeds are so tiny. As such, the baby choi and romaine lettuce I transplanted often times had 3-5 plants growing in a single slot. I carefully separated them and put each into its own pot, which will allow them to grow much faster.

Plants are doing well

on Sun, 02/07/2016 - 23:07

Well, thus far my seedlings are doing quite well. Got a lot of growth over this past weekend. Loving the new timer I got for the grow light, as now I don't have to remember to turn them on and off - it does that for me. Certainly helps ensure that the lights are on for the right amount of time. 


A big upgrade

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:07

So this year I decided to put in a big upgrade to my seedling growing setup. I've been very successful ever since I added a nice big grow light over my seedlings. That led to a lot more extra seedlings, which meant a good amount of sales of my plants. Last year was a very good year, which meant some money left over after paying for all the expenses related to growing the plants. As such, I decided to put that towards an upgrade in my system.

A lot of growth

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 23:07

It's amazing sometimes with plants how much growth you can get in just a day or so. I've highlighted some growth here that happened just within a day. I circled the corresponding cells since I had to flip around the tray so that those with growth would be closest to the light.


Added the lights today

on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 22:40

Enough of the seedlings have popped up now that I needed to add the grow light so that they won't get too leggy and then die. So now the big light is over and them and should help these seedlings grow nice and big. Just need to adjust the height of the light so that it's not too far away from them.

If viewing from the front page, click on the "Read more" link to see the entire gallery.

I'm back!

on Sun, 01/31/2016 - 23:17

2015-08-06-16.28.39.jpgSorry I haven't added anything to the site in many months. Thanks to the car accident last year, I've been on light duty and haven't been able to do many of the things I enjoy. My time at the computer is limited, which means I haven't been able to do any work on this site in quite some time. I ended up having to take it offline because the software was outdated and I didn't have the time to work on my personal projects.

Last year's garden wasn't as successful as it could have been since I couldn't work in it like I usually do. Many of my vegetables were left on the plant too long, so they ended up bug bitten, split, etc. I was so disappointed since I was really hopeful for my garden after all the planning I put into it. But if you can't physically do the work on it, it's hard for it to do as well as it could. We still ended up with a more than 50 lbs of vegetables, but we could have had a LOT more. I probably threw away at least that much in vegetables that would have been good had they been picked a few days earlier.

I took some time this weekend to get things up and going again so that I can start uploading photos and writing about this year's garden. It is going to be interesting to see how things go, as I can't bend, stretch, or do repetitive motions. That can make gardening difficult. So not only will I be talking about limitations of growing in containers, but also physical limitations as well.

You can view an assortment of photos that I just uploaded of last year's garden here.

Hopefully this year's garden will be fabulous. :D

P.S. Those Big Mama Tomatoes are wonderful! Turns out they're a large paste tomato, which is good for sauces. I grew one plant and it just about took over my garden. It was so big it snapped multiple stakes, a cage, etc. It alone probably produced several dozen pounds of tomatoes.

Welcome! About this site...

Zucchini seedlingsWelcome to my blog on container gardening. I lived in an apartment and as such didn't have the option to plant anything in the ground. As such, I had dozens and dozens of containers surrounding my patio filled with herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Now I am lucky enough to own a house and am working to greatly expand my gardens.

I started out with just a few planters of strawberries around my garden. Then I added a few hanging baskets of flowers for our son. Each year I've expanded and expanded my garden. I've been buying bigger and bigger containers and adding new plants. I've found some things that have worked well for me - like the Asian finger eggplant that produced probably 100 eggplants - and things that haven't - my rapini never grew and it's just too cold for melons to do well.

I hope to share what I've learned thus far, tips, and more through this blog. I also hope to hear from you about what has worked for you.

Be sure to check out the photo galleries! Lots of photos there showing what I'm growing, how the plants are doing and more!