Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Growing Veggies in Small Spaces

In our neck of the woods, we generally wait until the 24th of May long weekend to plant annuals and veggie gardens.  This is our documented 'last frost date' but I've always pushed the envelope on this and  plant my annuals by Mother's Day.  I've not lost anything yet and I will put pots over containers, and move the ones I can into the garden shed with a frost warning.
 The long and narrow area under the cages is where I plant yellow "Goldrush' bush beans, beets and carrots.  I'm trying the Tri colour carrots from Renee's Garden seeds this year and OSC yellow beets for the first time.
Source for photos of all the vegetables.               Renee's Tri Colour Carrots
Previously, from the wall out, there were four raised beds but I needed a large compost bin area and the three bins hold all my garden biomass and this was the only place they could be built.  The cage keeps the squirrels and neighbour hood cats from digging, the rabbits from eating the beet tops and the dog from laying on the soft, warm soil while I work in the garden.
Hubby simply built a frame and covered it with chicken wire - it's in two pieces and not heavy.
The triangular area is for herbs.
Wanting to grow even more veggies, I read up on growing them in containers and here on the deck is basil and dill together, an heirloom arugula, heirloom kale, parsley, red beets, scallions
 Renee's Heirloom Kale
Renee's Duo Scallions
 and  a Mighty Mato called 'Bumblebee Purple' which is a grafted variety from President's Choice.
Mighty Mato website
A sample PC salad bowl of leaf lettuce has been delicious, fresh cutting for salads every day.

23 comments:

  1. WOW it's been close to 90 and so hot all week here...finally the cooler breezes are starting, and it is rumoured to possibly rain tomorrow.

    I cannot imagine a frost warning at the end of May here. WOW.

    You know my husband has attempted the "weird unexpected" colours like purple potatoes and weird coloured tomatoes and I see your purple carrots. I can't seem to get my appetite past the fact that these look rotten to a plate.

    I know it's all in my head and stupid, but my tummy kinda goes "ick" when I see them so he doesn't experiment with it anymore, I am so bad aren't I? What a big baby, haha.

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  2. Your garden is great. I can't wait to see all the goodies you get. Those tomatoes look amazing. Nothing like home grown veggies! Enjoy!
    Karen

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  3. What beautiful vegetables! I've never seen carrots like that nor scallions that color, but looks enhance the taste so I would plant these if I could. Our neighbor is doing all containers this year--it's actually their first garden and so far so good. Several other young couples on our street are gardening for the first time this season and it is good to see their interest and enthusiasm,

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  4. Good luck with all the veggies. I've been growing mine in pots for a few years now. Herbs do really well, and you have the advantage of moving them from a hot sunny spot into a bit of shade when necessary.

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  5. Great tips here Judith! When we retire I hope we can have a vegetable garden. I like all your ideas you shared - very helpful!

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  6. You are going to love growing and eating golden beets. They are just as delicious as red beets. I love the ingenuity you and your husband put into your covered garden and I'd want to keep all those critters out of my veggies too.

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  7. I'm so impressed with all the vegetables you grow and the beautifully coloured varieties. I guess I need to branch out from a few tomato plants, not yet in the ground!

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  8. You should have a bountiful harvest with lots of colour and fresh flavor. Valerie

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  9. What pretty veggies! I've never heard of the 'Bumblebee Purple' Mighty Mato but will have to check this out. I'm a big fan of Renee's Garden seeds -- always had good luck with them, so I know someone of your gardening gifts will have SUPER good luck with them!

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  10. I'm growing herbs in pots this year. So happy with that decision, can't wait to harvest the freshness :)

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  11. Your deck area is just beautiful, and perfect for your container gardening. I liked seeing your compost bin as well. We are eating lettuce and radishes from our garden. I enjoy having fresh vegetables that we grow ourselves.
    Hugs, Beth

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  12. Judith, you have made some great use of your side yard for gardens and composting. There are so many new varieties of veggies out there now and they are so colourful too. Our son planted the veggie garden this week so I hope it does well and the animals stay out, including his 3 dogs. He did put a rope fence around it but that won't keep the deer out! I'm looking forward to fresh veggies this summer.

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  13. Oh I think that chicken wire cover is fabulous! Good for you and your husband.

    Squirrels eat everything here. If I had one of those, there might be a chance of flowers and even veggies surviving!

    Lovely ideas! Susan

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  14. What a great system! I hope you have a wonderful growing season!

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  15. Hi Judith. How good to grow those vegetables in pots. I never saw three colored carrots, so special.FResh salad every day sounds so good.
    Have a nice weekend

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  16. Tricolor carrots look delicious. When we were in the redwoods just north of San Francisco, the cafe in the national forest served tricolor carrots as a side to sandwiches. They were DELICIOUS!

    I am following and invite you to revisit my blog anytime. With our love of lavender and shared first names, I just know we are supposed to be friends.

    Judith

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  17. I love your selection of carrots and tomato. Fresh lettuce sounds delicious. And adding containers is a great idea. Your garden looks so nice and neat.

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  18. Very cool garden area under the cages...I have tried the tri colored carrots and love them.

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  19. We call that here as Edible Landscaping, and you have the best colors and most EL i see. What a delight to have a garden that beautiful and colorful. Is it organic?

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  20. I luckily haven't done much planting of tender things yet... and am thankful for it as frost is forecast for tonight. It was a couple hours of covering the lilies and such. Your place is beautiful and the photos are as well! Larry

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  21. Sounds like you're going to have some wonderful veggies to enjoy this summer!
    Mary Alice

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  22. What a great idea to keep the squirrels away. I need something to keep the deer away for my veggies and raspberry plants!

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  23. You have a wonderful garden in which many flowers are blooming and veggies too!! I have now only perilla growing in a pot.

    Enjoy your weekend,Judith.
    Tomoko

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