May 12, 2010

Vegetable and Herb Garden Additions

This past weekend, Rob and I went to our local flea market to buy some more plants for our garden.  As I've mentioned before, this is my first year attempting to grow a flower and edible garden.  So far, I've planted a bunch of flower seeds (stay tuned for an update) and strawberries in a container garden. But after a trip to our farmer's market, I have flower, veggie, and herb additions to my garden.  
 For my vegetable garden, I picked up a red bell pepper plant, yellow bell pepper, and green beans.  I plan on planting one of the bell peppers in the ground and the other one in a container.  Stay tuned to see what type of container I use for my pepper plant, I'll be trying something different and interesting with it!  However, I haven't decided if I will plant the green beans in the ground or in a container yet.  It's been unseasonably cold here, so I'm waiting until the weather warms up to plant it either way.  Any recommendations on how to plant green beans?

In addition to the veggie plants, I also picked up a basil plant which I will plant outdoors in a container.  Basil was one of the few things I actually did grow last summer, but I'm hoping to grow a bigger plant this year by using a larger container outdoors.  So far, I've found that basil is very easy and yummy to grow.  I even grew a second basil plant indoors on my windowsill at work last year.  But basil isn't the only herb I hope to grow, I'd also like to plant cilantro, oregano, and mint.

At the market, I couldn't help but also pick up a few bright Celosia flower plants.  In my backyard patio area, I planted mostly perrenial flowers but I decided to buy these colorful annual flowers as well simply because they are so cool looking!  I think I will plant a portion in a container in my front yard and the rest in my back yard.

Now I just need the weather to warm back up so I can actually plant these babies outdoors.  The weather in my area has been in the 50s during the day and the 40s at night, very unseasonable considering it should be in the 70s in May.  While I wait for the weather to warm up, any tips or suggestions for growing any of my new plants?  What's growing in your garden this year?


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Bettey said...

Looks like a good start. Best of luck to you!

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