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Container Gardening in an RV 
May 15, 2010 3:29 pm 
Updated: May 26, 2010 3:23 pm
Last week, on Saturday, it was spring cleaning....this Saturday, after a bacon-cheeseburger lunch (we spent 2 hours at Lowe's looking at all the stuff we want to get know...the grown-up's toy store) it was time to get going on the outside!!

Of course, dad and dogs decided they needed a quick nap while mom went to work!! We had went to the farmer's market a few weekends ago and I couldn't, in all fairness, go again until I got some of my starter plants into pots and going!! This is that pathetic dill that Ted Westby had given me because he thought it was going to's really starting to perk up and do it's dill thing! This is killer on fish!

And the mint is just growing beautifully!

Here's what I see when I step outside every day...and it's a wonderful sight, indeed!

My mixed lettuce will be ready for salads very soon...I love baby lettuce! This has mixed chard, endive, acorn leaf lettuce, red and green leaf, frisee...the whole nine yards! I'll mix in some of those herbs and I won't be buying that stuff in a bag anymore, and that's a fact!

I searched Lowe's, Fred Meyer and a couple of other places for a tomatillo plant, to no I figured it's getting warm enough, I'll just try to start my own! I saved all those starter pots that my pepper plants came in, so I'm good to go as far as that! I got these at Fred Meyer for 50% off the regular price!

We finally made it over to our friend, Cecil's, house to get some rosemary...I didn't realize I'd be getting a tree, but I'm ok with that!

I've been using green onions in practically everything...out of 80, only 3 didn't come up! I bought another 80 ones, this time and starting filling in the gaps...

In the blue tub are my lemon cucumbers and the trellis Bob and I built today. We got 25 3-foot bamboo stakes for $2.99 and we figured we couldn't go wrong there! Those are tomatoes in the cat litter buckets: a roma, a beefsteak and a yellow...

Peppers, peppers, peppers...I have bell, pepperoncinis, and mixed chiles...I'll have to wait until they get bigger to figure out what's what...a cinder block turned on it's side will make a handy planter in a pinch!

My radishes are growing like weeds! I've thinned them down and the reds are starting to get round and whites are starting to get long and I can hardly wait...radishes are one of my favorites! In the metal container is the chives, basil and parsley that I started from a kit...everyone's popped up, finally!

I've got a couple of red and yukon gold potatoes that I'm letting sit around and grow some eyes and they will go into the huge blue tub in the middle...have you seen the price they want for those in the store? Outrageous!! I also have some gourmet fingerlings that I'm letting grow, as we will have potatoes eventually...for right now, it's just waiting!

And here is the garden! Laurrie, does your garden grow???

Quite well, I think!

Thanks for stopping by!!

May 15, 2010 3:35 pm
AWESOME!!! I just planted my garden today :) My dad finished our deck yesterday and built me an awesome new raised bed. My plants are much further behind...lettuce is so rewarding because it happens so fast! Enjoy!
May 15, 2010 3:36 pm
Your garden is soooo cool! Jon & I spend a lot of time in Lowe's, too. So many things we want to do to our house and yard, but so little money! Keep us updated on those potatoes!
May 15, 2010 3:48 pm
I have said it before and I will say it again, you rock!!! My garden is full of REALLY BIG HUGE MASSIVE weeds, infact you will probably be able to see them on my next blog!!! lol..... I love that you can do that, my plant death stare hasn't lessened any at all, I was thinking that maybe because I have changed to a better person, the death stare might not be so wicked but alas, I am still a murderer of all things green! Unless it's a weed.... :o(
May 15, 2010 3:54 pm
hey ww i too went to lowes flowers this time, your garden is looking great...hope your potatoes grow well..i might have to try that...judy
May 15, 2010 4:05 pm
WW You are amazing...Can't wait to see how the cukes do! You must have a really green thumb, but I think it is partly attitude! You have lots of that to spare! LOL! Too bad we don't live closer, I have tarragon to share...Speaking of closer, we think the house is finished. It is painted now, green of course, and they have made the driveway, and the necessary drainage berms! The cousin promises a picture! Have a good day in Germany tomorrow. :-)
May 15, 2010 4:05 pm
Well done, WW. Thanks for sharing. I've been busy planting flowers over this way, have a huge flower garden. You've inspired me as to the veggies though. Used to have a big garden but then got a dog and dog and garden didn't mix. BUT container gardening looks like a perfect answer for me!! Thanks for the inspiration.
May 15, 2010 4:18 pm
RockyMountainKat...I just walked up to the mailbox and got a great suprise!! Thanks so much for sending me those books! Bob already snagged Anthony Bourdain and staked his claim that he's reading it first...LOL!! I can't wait to meet you and your husband!
May 15, 2010 4:23 pm
Cool beans, WW!! How are you going to do the potatoes? Just cut 'em up and bury them? How deep? No rootone? I've never planted potatoes so I'm curious.
May 15, 2010 4:26 pm
I jsut cut them up and stick them in the dirt and cover them up...they'll either grow or's all a gamble! I've never used rootone, I have some in storage, but I can usually get things to root in just water! I've got 2 avacado pits going in here right now that have just started to split open. I'm not sure what I'll do with them once they grow, I don't have a lot of room...maybe I'll give them to RockyMountainKat for sending me the books, lol, a housewarming gift!
May 15, 2010 4:27 pm
Our gardens doing well.We hit the Lowes today as well.Got some top soil to put around the plants as they grow.I don't know if I've told you this but tires work great for potatoes.I do one tire add dirt.Put in the potatoes add dirt and as they get bigger add another tire and more dirt.Works great.I've run out of room for anythings else.The garden is full and all the containers are used up.Good job on your garden.
May 15, 2010 4:32 pm
Wow your garden is looking great! WW your first container garden blog gave me the inspiration to try my own. I have 2 tomato plants, nothing on these yet but they are getting tall, a bell pepper, I just got my first flower yesterday I think that is a good sign!, cucumbers, these things seem to grow like weeds so I think I'm ok there. I also have some chives, basil and parsley sprouting up. The chives just got pounded flat by the rain but I'm hoping they will perk up. I had oregano and dill planted too but one of the neighbor kids (she's about 4) thought I had a great little sandbox! lol! Couldn't get mad at that. But so far I haven't killed anything :) Thanks for inspiring me! :)
May 15, 2010 5:14 pm
Great job witchywoman! I love how creative you are. That burger has my mouth watering!
May 15, 2010 6:00 pm
Hey SHORECOOK! I'm doing a repeat of those burgers tonight with oven fries! I'm craving bacon cheeseburgers for some reason!! Sometimes it's great to be a carnivore!
May 15, 2010 7:14 pm
Garden looks great! I've got a large pot on my patio with herbs and a couple of wooden planters that the DH made with some chives & thyme. Want to get some oregano to add in there. Also started a square foot garden, but will need to get a trellis set up for the tomatoes. Will try to prune them back so it will be a single stem and go up instead of out. I'm tired of having to get on intimate terms with the tomato plant just to pick them. They always sprawl all over the place. Went with hubby to a gardening center and picked up several dwarf hostas & some small perennials for north side of the house. Should look good once we get the mulch in.
May 15, 2010 7:44 pm
That sounds like it will look great, Magnolia...take some pictures, will you? I'd love to see! I have oregano, but I didn't get any thyme's on the list! I'm not getting any more starter plants unless I have pots to put them in!!
May 15, 2010 8:26 pm
Great garden, Witchywoman! I love watching things grow, especially if I can eat them. I used to have a huge garden when I lived on what used to be my Grandmother's ex chicken farm. The soil was the very best. Everything grew! I hope you have poked drainage holes in all of your containers, because if it rains hard, you could drown all of the pots that don't drain the excess water. My dad did lots of container gardening once he hit his 80's. He used to go to a local pepsi bottling plant to get these plastic containers that they use to hold the syrup, he'd cut the tops off with a saw and melt holes in the bottoms with a soldering gun. Then, he'd paint the sides green so they looked a little better. I still have some of these "planters" he did more than 10 years ago. They grew great tomatoes. As far as planting potatoes goes, If you can see where there will be an eye, you can plant it. You don't need rootone. Just plant it in some very rich soil. Potatoes like alot of fertilizer. When the leaves are looking pretty good, hill up the soil around the base of the plant. The potatos are formed on the roots, so you want good healthy roots. You can even plant right in a big bag of potting soil. Just poke a hole in a bag of good soil, and plant a pumpkin. Put some drainage holes in the bottom, don't let it dry out. You might have to water all your pots more than one time a day if it gets really warm or dry. Don't let them dry out (as I do sometimes) they will die. And, container plants do really well if you fertilize them frequently. My sister grows lots of flowers in planters. She fertilizes them every time she waters, but it is a very weak solution. The time-release fertilizers work well also, but you don't have as much control. Make sure you find a fertilizer for vegetables. If you can find fish emulsion fertilizer, grab it. I used to use it - it is organic. It is a fish residue sludge that smells as bad as you can imagine. But the plants thrive on it. I swear they would perk up when they saw that bottle coming.
May 15, 2010 9:30 pm
Wow!! That is all I have to say about that! Oh it's not! Seriously though, you told me about all the things you were growing, but I NEVER IMAGINED ALL THIS! This is too cool Laurrie! I am super impressed! Why don't you send some of that green thumbin' my way!!
May 16, 2010 12:21 am
hehehe ... more and more clues every time for a cunning Swiss vegetable sneak thief to slide over there and whishk it all away .... great job, WW. All power to your green thumb!
May 16, 2010 5:05 am
It's just been the last few years that I have gotten into container gardening due to lack of space. My efforts are limited to herbs & greens - but you certainly inspired me Laurrie! Your garden is amazing. Thanks for the inspiration once again!
May 16, 2010 6:13 am
Your garden is looking good!! I need to go back to lowes because we had an unexpected frost and it killed my basil!!! I love having basil and rosemary in a pot for the summer but everything else I kill by either giving it too much water or not enough!! I need to find a happy medium!! Can't wait to see what your garden looks like next. All the best to you and Bob, keep your spirits up!!!
May 16, 2010 7:34 am
Maggi and dragonfly...your dogs almost look like twins...LOL!! Too cute!
May 16, 2010 8:24 am
It all looks amazing! I just planted some tomatoes yesterday morning out on my back deck (i'm crossing my fingers they do well).
May 16, 2010 9:39 am
WOW! I am jealous...everything looks like it's coming along great!
May 16, 2010 11:20 am
Your garden is looking so great!!!!!!!!! yay!!
May 16, 2010 12:30 pm
So jealous, can't get a darn thing to grow. I think I'll try getting a big bucket like you and try tomato plants. Your place looks so peaceful.
May 16, 2010 1:18 pm
Wow you really have a nice garden going ! My lettuce isn't as happy this year as last so I'm a bit down on that. But a tip for you and all you gardeners you know those old umbrellas that are falling apart and you are ready to place in the garbage can? Well don't. Take the material off and the bottom hooky part of the handle, open it and you now have the worlds best terrillis for beans, cumcumbers and all that good stuff! Nice job WW and I really do hope you and your hubby are doing wonderful together!
May 16, 2010 1:20 pm
Burger looks fantastic! And how fun with all of those containers! Inspirational to say the least...
May 16, 2010 1:46 pm
Great job,WW...... I love the daddy and dog naptime photo! :D Those plants look lovely! ♥
May 16, 2010 3:24 pm
Nice work witchy. you are sooooo resourceful! everything looks so good.
May 16, 2010 3:36 pm
I was always intimidated by gardening until I read your blogs about container gardens. That seems more feasible to me. Thanks for the inspiration WW!
May 16, 2010 8:37 pm
Wow, thanks guys...I appreciate all of your kind comments!
May 17, 2010 9:38 am
The garden looks great & the food, too! I have 3 tomatoe plants growing that are looking OK. That may be all I get to this year. My neighbor has a great garden & always has plenty to share, & that is a big help.
May 17, 2010 12:08 pm
I'm so impressed with what you do on such a small budget. You go girl!
May 17, 2010 1:48 pm
I really have no excuse not to try my hand at gardening now that I'm in an apartment. You do just fine!
May 19, 2010 7:58 am
I have a huge "black" thumb and can't get stuff to grow. But now I am inspired to try a container garden! Tomatoes, dill, and cuks for sure! Great blog. Always enjoy reading it!
May 22, 2010 8:19 pm
Thank you for sharing. I am so inspired. Live in cold Wyoming. Had snow last week, but melted. We don't plant until Memorial Day weekend, which is traditionally wet and cold, but danger of frost has passed by the end of May.I am so amazed to see all your green. I am ready for warm weather! Love your blog.
May 23, 2010 10:06 am
I'm envious that you can start things so early. I planted my garden last weekend and will probably have to cover some things that have sprouted up to avoid frost kill, supposed to get a little snow here on Tuesday night. I've got potatoes, snap peas, pod peas, green and yellow string beans, spinach, leaf lettuce, mixed salad greens, carrots, cucumbers, corn, pumpkins, spagetti squash and zuchinis in the garden patch. One raised bed for herbs that I plan to plant today or tomorrow. oregano, basil, mint, chammomile, thyme, parsley, summer savory, marjoram, lemon balm, and cilantro. Pots of marigolds all over the deck, and a raised bed for tomatoes (already 6 inches tall in starter pots) and a raised bed for jalepenos and chili peppers. I highly recomment growing eggplant in pots, I managed to grow quite a few on the deck last year even with a short northern growing season. :) Looks great.
May 24, 2010 8:33 am
I don't mind eggplant, Sarah, but my husband won't touch it!
May 24, 2010 8:49 am
those picky men! My husband has similar issues with raw carrots.
May 26, 2010 3:23 pm
Your container garden is an inspiration! You've really gone "green" by recycling those containers, getting plants from friends, and sprouting your own potatoes. Now you need to add a few flowers (like zinnias -- good for cutting) to feed your soul, too.
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