Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Container Garden

A few friends have written and asked, "HEY! How does your garden grow? Where are all the garden photos this year? Honestly i am finding myself way behind schedule this year in just about every way. But i am catching up with myself day by day! There IS a container garden in the works, and here are a few photos i took just the other day.

As you step outside my back door into the dog's yard, and look to the right, you'll see my tubs with tomato plants and basil. (and Zinnia standing guard as always!)

We have some wee tomatoes forming on the plants here and there, but it will be a little while before we are picking and eating them. I hope this year we don't have to deal with the late blight we got hit with last year...


I am finding tho that i am dealing with another kind of blight...It's a little Jack Russell tomato plant eating pup named Rubin! So all the tomato plants are caged and various booby traps are set up to keep him from jumping into the tubs to dig them up!

tomato in the making....

This is not a very good picture but a while back in the early Spring i was at the market, and saw this wisteria in tree form! I couldn't resist it at the price they were asking. It was spindly(still is) but healthy and i planted it in the corner of the dog yard where it gets full sun. I am hoping i can keep it trimmed so that it remains in tree form and on the smaller size, to give the dogs some shade and add beauty to the yard.

When i first brought it home it was in rough shape, but i trimmed it up and there is a lot of new growth forming already!


From here if you turn around and face where you came from, you'll see the tiger lily bed, which the dogs have fun running thru and trampling...Maybe next year it will be less exciting to trash by the JR pups!


If you follow old Gipetto here (who just turned 17 on June 12th) you'll see more tubs and buckets of tomato plants and basil too...

Little Honey and the bins...

And here is my big bin full of lavender i planted last year after i lost the tomatoes to the blight. Only 3 plants made it thru the Winter but they returned to give me some lovely lavender flowers. I hope to dry the cuttings and make some sachets. The tomato cage laying in the bin is to discourage Rubie from jumping in and playing like he has his very own sandbox to dig in! Keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll be updating these photos soon!

5 comments:

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Hi Mare! Your containers look great! My garden is behind but coming along. I am waiting for that first ripe tomato to enjoy! I definitely would like to buy the "Newborn" piece from you so just let me know when it's listed and I'll Paypal you! Thanks so much!

Mare said...

Hi Claire! It seems everybody's gardens are coming along slow but sure. I can't wait for my tomatoes either! There's nothing like home grown! And just to let you know the painting is posted as a reserved listing for you whenever you are ready! Thanks Claire!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

I love your container garden. I keep meaning to do something like that. Do you have any trouble with the birds pecking everything?
We have a certain pup who enjoys eating flowers ourselves, lol.
Lynne x

Mare said...

Hi Lynne,
No troubles with the birds as we feed them pretty regularly here. We just have that one BIG problem with a pup who has to explore everything with his mouth! A tomato plant can become a wonderful tug of war toy in a blink of an eye! Anyway, last year, even with the late blight that hit us in August, we managed to harvest 80 tomatoes for the Summer! I hope to top that count this year. Try it Lynne! It works great!

Tanya Boracay said...

What a beautiful container garden.

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