Container garden

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Clematis, New York Botanical Garden

Clematis, New York Botanical Garden (Photo credit: Kristine Paulus)

Flower Child likes the idea of growing things.  I like the idea of growing things.  We don’t know what we’re doing, but little by little, we’re trying to figure it out, in pots on the terrace.  We aren’t successful enough yet to call it container gardening.

Last year we did pretty well, using little plants from the local plant shop.  We had a couple of pots with flowers, one with mint, one with basil, a couple of window box type things hanging off of the terrace railing filled with herbs.  We learned that dill will attract the birds with the red chests.  Never had one of those come to my terrace before, apparently they think dill is comfy for nesting.  We learned pigeons enjoy basil, not to keep it in the boxes on the ledge.  We learned tomatoes need to be pollinated, and bees don’t come up as high as we live.  I’d like to try that one again, after reading some more about how to self pollinate.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day, so this morning, FC and I decided today was the day to work on our terrace.  Yanno it’s still sunny but freezing today.  We went back to the plant store and bought seeds this time.  Much less expensive, we can try more things.

to be planted next week

to be planted next week

We were going to plant these tomorrow, but neither one of us remember which of the two identical planters is the one we already put seeds into.  So we’ll wait a week, and see which one sprouts something.

to be planted tomorrow. I hope.

to be planted tomorrow. I hope.

Turns out, some seeds have to be soaked for twenty four hours before planting.

veggie seeds planted

veggie seeds planted

tea?

tea?

Flower Child digging

Flower Child digging

Window boxes on terrace railing

Window boxes on terrace railing

See?  We’re ready for rural life.

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