This year our summer garden is in containers. I usually start seeds indoors in early March for May planting, but we were moving around that time and didn’t have a place set up in our new house for starting seeds; plus, we’re putting in a fence and replacing the deck this summer so we didn’t really have a place to set up our raised beds this year. So for the first summer in our new house, we’re doing a reduced garden in pots on the porch.
We usually grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and sometimes squash and eggplant. Since we couldn’t start our own seeds, I bought some plants from a recommended local organic nursery, and I thought it was great! They had a wonderful variety of plants, including heirlooms, and everything was very reasonably priced, so I came home with a few favorites plus some new things for us to try. I like the nursery so much that I may just start buying plants from them every year, that is if these do well. I tried to choose a mix of peppers and tomatoes that would be ready at different times, but we’ll see how well-spaced they are in a few weeks.
So this year we are growing the following:
Tomatoes: Red Grape, San Marzano, Roma VF, Pineapple, Sungold
Sweet Peppers: Big Bertha Red, Marconi Yellow, La Rouge Royale
Hot Peppers: Habanero
Herbs: Genoa Basil, Thai Basil, Italian Parsley, Spearmint, English Thyme, Oregano
I’m also going to pick up jalapeno and thai pepper plants, plus a few more herbs that I use regularly.
What about you? Do you grow some of your favorite vegetables and herbs? Do you start your own seeds or do you buy plants from a local nursery? I would love to hear about your garden, what you grow, and how you grow it. Please feel free to share in the comments.