See this sprout? This is a complete “Pinterest Fail”!! It was suppose to provide an alternative to bug killers on my plants. It didn’t stop the bugs.
You will be able to see that on some of the leaves as you go. But what is it? Can you guess?
If you guessed garlic, then you are correct. I had originally put a few garlic cloves all around the bases of my plants a couple weeks ago.
This morning I realized the sprouts were from those cloves. I immediately transplanted them to their own pot. I seriously hope these produce garlic for me to harvest.
My container garden is completely wonderful. The bees and wind are doing their parts to help pollinate. All over the ground you can find basil growing.
Soon the grape vine will be a hot spot in my yard. The kids can’t get enough of grapes so I am very excited about this one.
Plus I grew up with two massive grape vines. It brings back childhood memories for me.
This bad boy started the container craze. We went to a local nursery looking for sod pieces. We stumbled upon this small lemon tree.
It is no longer small and the lemons are starting to turn yellow. There are about 8 lemons on the tree.
The tomato plant is one that I find myself examining everyday. Twice a day. Those pesky hornworms (caterpillars) love a good tomato. I am not a fan of them.
I had more tomatoes but again, those hornworms (caterpillars). I’ve already pulled 3 off. They have been vacuum sealed and frozen.
Oh the Papaya. This beauty reaches the roof already. We bought it for $19 at Lowe’s and it was looking sad. Now it has 2 papayas growing and more on the way.
Oh my jalapenos. They grew so quickly that I have lots of frozen peppers to share with family and I had to separate the plant into two pots.
The same thing happened to my bell peppers. They are now in two separate containers. I am just monitoring that separation. I had to break apart some roots.
As you can see, the bell peppers and jalapenos have taken a beating from aphids. I recently just found an organic spray for them. Finally.
I am looking forward to gifting some of these to friends.
That basil. The basil is fun. I have been picking then drying the leaves out. I have to do this manually since I do not have a dehydrator.
Once they are ready, I crumble up the leaves and they have a home in a mason jar.
Left to Right: Lemon Tree (flamingo), Apple Tree, Lantana (needs to be planted), Tomato, Grape Vine (in the far back), Basil, Jalapenos.
Left to Right: Papaya tree, Jalapenos, Garlic, and two Bell Peppers.
We did have a beautiful pergola that Marty built for us about 7 years ago. One day in July, he went out there and said he wanted to replace some boards.
An hour later, the entire 20×12 pergola was down. I could have cried.
He had planned to build another one but instead he bought this awesome umbrella and we spent the money on containers and plants.
Who knew that I would find peace standing next to bees and enjoy what is growing around me?
It only took a couple years and a few countries later to make this happen in our back yard!