I know I said I wouldn’t do any more vegetable planting until June 1st, but I just couldn’t resist. I figured planting my peppers in a container meant I could bring them inside if there’s a chance of frost. I already had to cover my 2 cherry tomato plants the other night. Michigan is very unpredictable the month of May, it could be 80 or it could snow you never know so you always have to be prepared.
You probably remember my rusty, yellow tool box when it was filled with Spring Viola’s. Well those have long expired and it was time to repurpose the tool box with something edible planted inside. My goal is to plant my garden in containers that I already have as well as make it look original and like I had an actual plan not just a random bunch of junk with plants stuffed into them.
Normally I purchase my plants in those little 4 pack cells, but this year I have noticed everything is being sold in the 6 pack cells. That’s not very convenient when you don’t want that many plants in the same variety. I would love to have 6 tomato plants, but I want different kinds and there’s no way to mix them up in the cells. Apparently this is a new strategy the plant companies are using. So what I have been doing is planting what I want and then asking my friends on FB if they would like my overflow.
I planted 4 of the pepper plant in my toolbox and I have the other 2 reserved for another project (you will have to stop back by and see what that is). I have to do some thinking before planting and remember what size each plant will end up being and make sure the containers not going to be to small as the plant matures. Also with container gardening I have to schedule fertilizing the plants once a month. I use fish emulsion, it’s organic and the plants love it but boy does it stink for a few days. The smell of dead fish is strong until it gets a few waterings. My girlfriends dog ate a whole container of it one time…it makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it. Can you imagine that dogs breath? Wow, no dogie kisses from that one for a while.
So far I am happy just puttering and getting a few things into the soil. I remember as a kid we had a huge garden and my Mom canned all summer long. I never realized how much work she had in front of her along with working a full time job. The worst part about a big garden is all the weeding, we had a tractor and did a lot of tilling with that but there was still those in-between the plant spots that only the backbreaking task of a human could do. So container gardening is the perfect solution, very little weeding and I enjoy it so much more.