Monthly Archives: May 2014

Container garden

Here are this summer’s plants, and good luck to them!

flowers

A pretty orange flower I couldn’t resist.

roses

A mini rose bush I got for Ben for Valentine’s Day. It’s been inside since February.

mint

You can never have too much mint.

chives basil

Chives that survived the winter indoors; basil grown from seed.

rosemary

Rosemary also spent the winter indoors…and made baby rosemary.

Herb box with basil, parsley, and sage

Herb box with basil, parsley, and sage

Strawberry in pot, with squash in yard in the background

Strawberry in pot, with squash in yard in the background

Last year's strawberry buckets, which somehow survived the winter...

Last year’s strawberry buckets, which somehow survived the winter…

Last year’s strawberry buckets just have some holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, but this year’s tomato and pepper plants have a fancy drainage system devised by my friend. Each bucket is set down into another bucket, with a space (reservoir) between them into which the PVC pipe goes (there’s a little elbow on the bottomĀ of the PVC pipe). You water through the PVC pipe, and the plants “drink” from the bottom up. There’s a drainage hole for excess water to escape. Pretty clever; I take no credit.

Five tomatoes, two bell peppers, one strawberry plant

Five tomatoes, two bell peppers, one strawberry plant

A butterfly wind chime from Mom

A butterfly wind chime from Mom

Let’s hope for a pleasant summer and not the hellish heat we’ve been told to expect after the exceedingly long, cold winter. Hurray for New England!

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