I feel at home under the sun these days.
for having a husband in college full time, and I working out of the home, we were crazy blessed to find a little home out in the country that we could actually afford.
and so I find myself outside exploring the property often these days.
the other day my nephew Ezekiel and I explored the other side of our pond this week. Thistles galore. Love me some thistle medicine & salad.
We decided on a pot-garden this year- I'd prefer to work with my hands deep in the earth, but we knew this summer with Tyler graduating college and acquiring a job, we would have a high possibility of relocation- pots would be easy to pick up and head off. Turns out we were right, just off a few months (moving to Seattle in Oct). This has been my first attempt at pot-gardening, and I'm kinda surprised how insanely easy it is. I still look forward to planting deep in the earth in the future, but for right now, pots are treating me well.
Here is what took off with the pots & I would recommend trying (we had a lot of deaths along the way, and they are not included!):
- 4 tomato bushes, that reach over my head. (German heirloom, 2 cherry varieties and a roma- and we may acquire a mature beefsteak in the coming week).
- spinach -we got three harvests and then let grow to seed. Love me some spinach.
- lemon thyme- grown in a cute little clay teapot we had laying around.
- lemon balm galore.
- green onions
- romaine (harvested until death)
- arugula (harvested until a horrible and sad death)
We discovered quite a few things were not happy in their potted homes, even if the experts swear their lives on it. I'm for letting plants thrive with min. guidance- let them do what they do. If something needs to be prodded along the way to survive in a pot, I don't think it is worth it or allowing optimal growth. Several plants are coming with us, and I'm hoping to replant them in the earth in our new home. Rosemary, lavender, the mints, and perhaps lemon balm. And then I'm also going to start growing ginger inside. Have you tried this?
The only plant I need to dig up to take with us, is our blueberry bush.
In the pacific northwest, we're generally blessed with a long indian summer. Therefore in a week or two I'll start prep for my fall potted garden. Any suggestions of what I should include?