May 13, 2011 10:15 pm
Updated: May 14, 2011 9:00 pm
I think that I've mentioned of late that I've put in some seeds, many of which have germinated, and are looking quite well. Of course, EVERYTHING I'm reading is telling me that "now" is definately NOT the time to plant... at least, not in Phoenix! I
have no idea if I will be able to prove that "summer" gardens might produce... as long as the plants can be protected from the heat of a summer's afternoon!
My garden began with a chive plant... a first, in that I've never kept one alive more than a month! This baby is working on 3-4 mths... I'd left it out on my side patio, a secluded quiet area that I often sit to relax... weather permitting. Of late, I'd
have coffee out there each morning, watering my flowers and plants. Today, it was hatefully hot, even at 10am! I wander... I had visited a nursery, picking up some "cool" flowering perennials, and one called "licorice," which has wonderful green/gray leaves,
about the size of nickels... Placed my newly purchased basil beside the chives, after re-potting, shaded by the overhead canopy of (ornamental) citrus trees. Plenty of light, but protected by the shade. I'm fully aware that folk grow herbs indoors all the
time, so once it dawned on me that the house was opened up each morning, for most of the day, with no heat by night, and minimal cooling by day - my point being, "indoor" and "outdoor" climates were VERY similar! It was at this point, that I brought the two
herbs into the house, placing them here in my sitting room, on a shelf in an E facing window. They are thriving... well, I do believe that one of the three kitties is chewing on the chives... daily seems the leaves shorten a tad!
On to my next endeaver. My last attempt to grow lettuces outside (leafy mesclun,) was doing quite well... When they were about 1/2" tall, basking in the sun (cooler temps 2 mths ago) until some pesky bug came through and polished off the lot in a single night!
Thus, when I decided to try again, I did so in a wondow box type planter, placing it on the shelf with the herbs. They are doing well, no bugs, but again, I fear that a cat may decide they make a great snack! Thus far, I've still been opening the window
each morning, and they all seem in agreement that they are, indeed, outside, not in! Next came my 2nd attempt at germinating some cucumber seeds, as the first one, which is still outside, is doing well, these two have come up in a pot that can be transplanted
as is. Once they're all ready, and once I've schlepped out for more soil and perhaps planter/s, I'll move those all under the shade of the trees, providing them with a trellis of some sort... they'll do better I believe, if they climb, rather than spread
out to be trampled by two 70lb dogs! Mose recently, I picked up extra garlic at the grocery, separated a bulb, planting about 5 cloves in a 3" dia. 3" deep hole in a planter, two "groups" per the one pot. From what I read, they should grow, flourish, and
produce new bulbs of garlic come this fall... Same goes for ginger, apparently, which I will try also - AFTER I get out, by more soil, and more planters! Lastly, I popped a dozen parsnip seeds into a deep pot, about 10" diameter. They are in the sitting
room, in the second E facing window. I'm rather impatiently awaiting the first signs of green sprouts... but fear that it could be another week, or two, even!
So, I'm in hopes of proving to any who care, that container gardening can be accomplished in this neck of the woods, if one has the proper locations for the planters... whether inside, or out. So, I will sign off for the time being... I will, though, post pics
of my pretty little babies, taken just this eveing!
Be well, be happy, be crazy! Be brave... and garden!
older cuke seedling