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Garden in Planter Update

Written by green1 on Jun 9th, 2008 | Filed under: Gardens, Inside and Outside, green projects

This spring we started a vegetable garden in above ground planters for the first time.  We got the idea from a lady with a green thumb and went crazy on our green project.  Over the first few weeks it seemed like nothing wanted to grow, like a new mother, I checked my plants growth progress at least twice a day.  After the first few weeks I just grew used to the fact that I would have to water the plants and if they produced food I was just lucky.  The first signs of progress came when I noticed a couple of my tomato plants leaning over like they needed support.  To my surprise a bunch of little tomatoes caused the plants to lean over.

Vegetable Garden in Planters

A quick trip to our local garden center provided the tomato plants with the ugly looking wire supports that they needed.  Now the only problem was that the supports that were 4′ tall caused my plants to look small again.  Oh well, at least they were producing food.  My 2 year old daughter now makes it a daily routine to inspect her “baby tomatoes”, she likes to show me everyone.  I can’t imagine how long this process will take once our pepper plants start to have their own little babies.

Tomatoes Grown in Planters

Today we moved our garden (remember everything is grown in portable containers) to the side of our home since it is getting more sun than the front of our home.  My neighbors will hopefully be pleased with the jungle missing from our front yard since they never believed me when I said that the plants were flowers.


If you are looking for a fun filled green project, it is not to late to start your own garden in a few planters.  For tips please check out the link in the first paragraph.  If you have already started a similar project, please leave a comment with a link to your website.

4 Responses to “Garden in Planter Update”

  1. I forgot to resize the photo’s, if you click on them you can see them in their correct proportion. The tomato plants are actually a little over 2′ tall.

    The picture of a strawberry has nothing to do with the garden but I felt like sharing it.

  2. Hi Charles! Thanks for the promotion! I’ll be back to publish soon!

  3. Charlie:
    I am investigating hydroponics… insect, chemical free and produce in 6 weeks. Sounds too good huh? Seems LED lights are key. Anyhow found a place near Elizabeth and Tyson’s office that supplies what is needed. Most importantly, they gave me several magazines for free on the topic of gardening. Urban Garden, Maximum Yield, Growing Edge,are a few. Web sites are in the magizines for
    additional research.

    What’s appealing to me is the fact that it’s all organic and controled without bird or rodent pollution and can be done in a small area. Biggest plus is the ph, it’s so easy to control with just water and nutrients don’t leach out. Maybe that’s why it’s a short 6 weeks? I will keep you posted as I move forward and make the jump into getting started after my research.

    Have you check any of this out?

  4. Let me know how you make out. I’m going to start a little earlier this year with the planters in hopes of getting an earlier harvest. While I had a horrible pepper harvest, we were flooded in tomatoes for months!

    Once our snow melts I’m going to see if my chives want to spend the winter indoors–I miss fresh chives on my bagels!

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