A little while ago I wrote a blog post about the plants I’d put in the pots in my garden. I wasn’t entirely convinced it would work, especially the salad. But, after all the rain and the little glimpses of sun, my salad has grown so much it has to be eaten!
I think the salad plants really like the rain. I would’ve picked some yesterday but it was raining! I am so pleased that this worked as we eat a lot of salad at Crafty Chai towers. So hopefully this pot will keep us going quite a bit throughout the ‘summer’! I have no idea what the salad plants are but they are quite tasty and each of the different plants have their own distinct flavour. My neighbour gave me quite a good tip to help protect them slugs & snails. Smear vaseline around the top of the pots. It’s really worked well, though I always forget I’ve done this & get covered every time I touch the pots!
Sadly, the cherry tomato plants aren’t coping with the rain quite as well. The toms in the picture above aren’t from the garden. I’ve got lots of flowers on the plants, which is good, but they look a bit bedraggled from all the rain. They, like the rest of the nation, need some sunshine! I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’ll come soon. Home grown tomatoes are lush.
The garden is being completely overhauled. We’re replacing the fence and the shed & not a moment too soon. Both are about to collapse! But while this is going on, we can’t plant anything as the borders aren’t ready for it. However, I do have quite a nice array of pots. Inspired by this post over on The Green Gal, I decided time had come to fill them.
When I was small, we grew these in the borders of my Mum’s house & I always remember them. They were on offer at the local garden centre so thought I’d give them a go. They always make me smile!
This is a lovely little pink flower, not sure what it’s called. It looked really pretty (and it was quite cheap!) so thought I’d pick it up. I don’t know much about soil type etc so just give things a go and hope for the best!
One of the main reasons we’re working on the garden is because we want to grow our own veg as much as possible. So when I saw these salad leaves (on offer) and that they were suitable for pots I thought I’d give them a go. To be honest, I didn’t hold out much hope as I planted a lot in a small space. But on visiting another garden centre, I saw they had them the same so felt that they should be ok. And they are growing! So much so, I’m going to have to start trimming them. Never had home grown salad before! So excited!
Last year I grew some tomatoes very successfully. I put them in a grow bag & let nature take its course. They were delicious. This year, I wanted something that I could put in a pot. I think these are the ‘Tom Thumb’ variety, which means they are easy to grow cherry toms that don’t require any pinching out. They have already got flowers on them & they’ve only been in a week! Can’t wait to eat them – there’s nothing like fresh toms. I’ve also put a few strawberry plants in a pot, so fingers are firmly crossed that they’ll produce something.
I had a few plants left over & needed another pot so bought this little purple flower to give the pot some height. It seems to be holding it’s own!
And this is the pot that inspired all the others. It was a gift for my recent birthday from my OH’s mum. It’s one of the best presents I’ve had! And I love it. While all the other pots are slowly growing, this one is full & grown. All I have to do is maintain it!