Too many seedlings + extra pots lying around + extra potting soil = Deck Garden. This year I'm growing about ten times as many things in pots as I usually do. It's just so easy, and it looks so nice. Right now I've got a lot of transplants hardening off outside as well, just waiting for a cool evening when I don't work to put them in the ground.
In pots I have cabbage, basil, eggplant, zinnias, peppers, daisies, geraniums, thyme, sage, rosemary, spearmint, parsley and peppermint. Plus an Easter Lilly given to me as a gift last month. Will it live if I plant it outside?
For transplants I have tomatoes (that need watering), zucchini, cantaloupe, cosmos, lemonbalm, and more basil and peppers. Plus extra cabbage, eggplant, onions and brussels sprouts that I have no more room for in the garden. My dairy farm friends told me they would take anything extra that I had. Which is great, because I hate having anything go to waste.
Quick question -- do eggplants need support? As you can see, I have part of an old baby gate propped up near my eggplants. They are a miniature variety, good for containers. I assumed that they need climbing support. Am I wrong?
I planted my wax beans last week, plus a few scarlet runner beans that I stole from a friend's garden last fall. I need to do some straw mulching under my potatoes, peas and lettuce, plus lay down black plastic mulch where I'll be planting my tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cantaloupe.
Part of me doesn't want to use the plastic in the garden, while the other part of me wants to see if it does help keep down the weeds while warming the soil. Maybe I'll just use it until mid-summer, when the soil is plenty warm and the plants are large enough to shade the weeds out themselves. Then perhaps put in a straw mulch. Any thoughts?