16 responses to “How Does My Garden Grow? Seriously, how?”

  1. Susan

    That berry is a rasberry, don’t pull it out!
    The others look like herbs, but it’s hard (for me) to say from a photo. Try picking one leaf and crushing it between your fingers, then smell. That may help you identify a familiar fragrance.
    With all those beautiful seeds, you’re gonna need more pots.
    By the way, my picky eater has helped me grow plenty. He loves to dig and plant seeds and help water and pick. But when it comes to tasting? No. Still won’t do it. So don’t hold your breath. Be glad he can learn how food grows.
    and congratulations on your outdoor space! Enjoy it, whatever it produces.

  2. Beth

    Hey Deb, do you have a copy of the Bountiful Container? It helped me coax quite a harvest out of my Los Angeles balcony… pre-baby… who is now three…

    I do aspire to one day get back to container gardening! Maybe this will be my inspiration!

  3. Ellen

    The “most likely a berry plant” is your raspberry, they get thorny and like to climb so be prepared. And the two that look similar look like oregano to me. I’d crush a leaf to smell it rather than tasting to ID it unless you are reasonably sure it’s a possibility.

    If you are starting seeds in the pods, you can clear out anything that you are unsure of in the pots – if you lose something you wanted in the weeding you can always get more seed/lings!

  4. Kris @ Attainable Sustainable

    I’m going to disagree with Ellen a bit. If you determine that some of the plants are weeds, I suggest that you dump the soil out, pulling the plant/roots out and work in some fresh soil. Don’t get rid of the old soil, but it may need to be replenished. Get a bag of good potting soil (I like Fox Farms) and mix it about 1/2 and 1/2 with the old soil.

    Clearly, you will need more containers. If you don’t want to spend a bunch of money, see if your local bakery has plastic buckets. Mine sells them for $2-3 a piece. You can spray paint them to look more like terra cotta if you like, then all you need is a drain hole in the bottom. Fill them with more of that potting soil and viola!

    You’ll be so excited when your seeds start to sprout!

  5. Roxanne

    I’m so excited for you. I have a small hobby greenhouse (about 10 x 12) because here at 8,500 feet above sea level the growing season is crazy short. I do have to big raised beds that my hubby made for me (stacked like bunk beds), but the rest I grow in pots … including tomatoes and lots of herbs. I HIGHLY recommend buying fairly large tomato plants, rather than trying to grow them from seed.

    I’m not good at IDing stuff either, so I pencil in (right on the pot) what I’ve planted so that I don’t forget.

  6. Susanne

    Strong suggestion: Get yourself a compost bin to keep in a corner. It will recycle your kitchen scraps and produce the best medium ever for gardening.

  7. Elisa

    For a virgin gardener, starting with seeds is a waste of money.
    As to your containers, what you have there is all weeds. Dump each container onto newspapers, remove anything green growing. Wash the containers, fill in with a mixture of existing dirt and manure. Wait few more weeks (there’s still the possibility of frost) buy few tomato plants, peppers, basil, etc.

  8. Betty

    Oregano and maybe margoram? We grew cucumbers in a hanging upside down bucket. I’m sure you could grow then in a rightside up bucket, using a tomato cage as support. I’m going to do that this year. My mother-in-law grows eggplants in large containers on her deck.

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