Some of you may think that this post is late in coming but I just picked my bell peppers last week. I did have to move them into the garage with a grow light in order for them to ripen since it had started snowing here, but the patience paid off because they are delicious. Peppers are one of my favourite vegetables.
For you new readers who haven’t been updated before, here is a little background. This year, after moving into our house, my husband and I planted our first container vegetable garden. We grew everything in containers and I must admit it worked out great. I could move the plants into shade if the weather was too hot and they would drain better if we got heavy rains. I am definitely hooked on this garden method.
I loved growing the garden. Every day, I would check how my veggies were doing, if they got bigger, if they started to send out fruit. It honestly was the highlight of my day. That satisfaction has continued into the kitchen when I can say that dinner is from the backyard. Boy goes food taste better when you know where it comes from and you make it yourself. Our freezer is stocked so we can slowly enjoy our bounty.
Here is what we were able to grow and harvest. I must say, I was quite impressed with the numbers:
Red Bell Peppers 22
Butternut Squash 2
Early Tomatoes 141
Green Beans 84
Blue Peppers 221
Roma Tomatoes 150
Red Chilis 100
We also grew numerous herbs such as basil, rosemary, oregano, green onions, etc. but I didn’t record those numbers. Next year we may add some new plants to the mix and we will hope for the same return. Between our garden and our CSA we are stocked…not to mention all the berries we have from going picking. If you came to our house for dinner you would be guaranteed to taste some fresh, organic, produce in your meal.
For those of you who are interested in starting out in container gardening, here are few articles to get you started:
Getting Started in Container Gardening
Container Garden Tips and Tricks
Advantages of Organic Gardening
So, how were your gardens? If you don’t have one, have I convinced you to start one next year?
Congratulations on a successful and productive harvest. Looks like you’ve caught the bug. Look forward to reading about the spring campaign.
Thanks. I am hoping to be as successful next year. Do you have your own garden? Any tips to share?
I am thinking seriously about a small garden for next year. Since we live in Florida…I could probably start one now. Maybe I will start with a container or two.
Definitely give it a try. In my opinion it is well worth it. Remember to keep trying too. Sometimes, depending weather things may not do as well but that is no reason to give up. Also, if you are going to start, start with stuff that grows well like herbs, tomatoes, cucmbers, etc.