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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hanging Around…

Gosh, it’s hard to come up with catchy titles.

Thought I’d do a garden update, because it’s been a while and we’re having a rainy day, so I can’t actually BE in the garden.  So I’ll start with “things that are hanging” of various kinds.

hangingI liked the Home Depot self-watering hanging planter that I have in the front (at left, with lobelia, helichrysum, fuchsia) so much that I bought two more.  It’s a good idea; my main complaint is that the reservoir seems to empty extremely fast.

Still, I’m attempting to grow cucumbers in one and tomatoes in the other.  I know, I know.  TWO tomato plants in a single planter of this size is insanity.  One is a small “Tiny Tim” or something, but the other is more full-sized.  I may dig it out and replant it somewhere more suitable.

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Each planter also has a decorative “annual” – cucumbers with trailing coleus and tomatoes with purple sweet potato vine.  Much too much plant in one planter, okay.  Chalk it up to a beginner’s mistake; I’m sure I will regret it.

And here, also in the backyard, are my “cheap” hanging planters on the goth chandelier from Value Village ($19.99, but I like it a lot).  Each has nasturtium growing from seed, along with some helichrysum I divided and stuck in.  And there’s my Mother’s Day windchime present from Ted & the kids!

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Garage bed, with the addition of a new hanging coleus basket:

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And now, down the driveway to the…

Ikea invasive-perennial planters (phalaris ribbon grass and golden creeping Jenny):

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Hanging tomatoes:

(chocolate stripes in vesey’s planter on left, early tiny cherry (2 plants) in grocery bag on the right)

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And last, the hanging potatoes in grocery bags!  Thriving on the left, and kind of chugging along on the right.  I mounded up the two “straggling” potatoes (one in a bag, one in a bin) with city compost last week… hopefully they’ll put on a bit more growth.  The left one actually looks like it might flower soon. 

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(like when this rain ends and the sun decides to come out!)

More garden stuff coming, including an update on the CORN in the square-foot beds!

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