Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Low Maintenance Garden

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I wasn't able to start many seeds this year for my edible garden, so we bought a few transplants instead.  This year's low maintenance garden consists of only 15 plants, about half the number I usually have.

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Instead of planting squash, cucumber, beans, and other vegetables, I decided to keep it simple and focus on just two items for my kitchen garden this summer: tomatoes and peppers.
We bought both sweet and hot peppers, including a jalapeno plant because we have to have some hot peppers in the garden. So far the plants and pests have been manageable. There are even a few blushing Super Fantastic tomatoes right now.

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I did start a few seeds, including two habaneros and two tomatillo plants, which are also doing really well.  Between the tomatoes, tomatillos, jalapenos, and habaneros, I expect to have a nice salsa garden this year. If only I could grow cilantro...

potato patch 7-4-13
And here's a nice surprise--two potato plants from my failed crop last year made an appearance.  Last year potato beetles decimated the potatoes I had started from seed. I was going to turn this into an onion patch, and these two potato plants surprised me by sprouting this spring.  I've left them alone just to see what happens. Wouldn't it be nice to get some potatoes this year?

How is your summer edible garden doing?


  1. How fun that you have unexpected Potatoes! I planted Tomatoes, Onions, and Cucumbers this year. The Cukes are just now starting to take off, the Onions are doing well, and the Tomatoes have mixed results. I should have a decent harvest, though. I like your idea of planting more crops in pots.

  2. It looks like you're going to have lots of lovely tomatoes!

    Sometimes it's best to only have what you will eat!xxxx

  3. I just put out a dish of beer for the dastardly slugs who keep munching away on my only pepper plant. At least they're cheap drunks. :o) Very cool that potatoes popped up. I had a sweet potato do that, too.

  4. Look at you...quite a nice garden and what a surprise with the potatoes....most is going OK except the tomatoes again...we shall see.

  5. My tomatoes are a mess. The cucumbers underproduced. It has been a challenging summer.

    At least the herbs seem to be doing OK, even after a bunny tried to eat all the basil. They came back. Lots of thyme, rosemary, sage.

    Like you, I can't grow cilantro.

  6. Your tomatoes are looking great. I've had a successful season so far. My peppers didn't do well, but I have been able to harvest a few. My cilantro bolted early this year. Looks like I'll be heading to the grocery store for a batch during salsa making this season.

  7. Angela, I hope your tomatoes and peppers did well in their containers this summer. I have a second crop of tomato plants growing and the spring pepper plants are still hanging in there. They sill start to produce again when we get a bit cooler (soon I hope!)

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