So this week lots has gone on.. I built a new planter with a trellis for cucumbers and watermelon. I did a lot of research before doing this, and made sure to buy the right plants. I got smaller watermelon plants, sugar babies and vine cucumbers so that they would grow up the trellis. I went to Lowes and got some untreated fence posts, for cheap and built a box pretty cheap. I think next year I might do the cedar ones, because they’ll look prettier and we can put some on the patio.
The raised bed garden seems to be doing well. Peppers popping out everywhere and tons of flowers. In the next few weeks I’ll have peppers coming out of my ears. The onions, garlic, and lettuce are growing crazy as well. Don’t mind the weeds, one of my goals today.
My Banana Peppers are getting big.
The topsy turvy part is growing really well. I have 4 tomatoes one you can’t really see yet, but its there. The pepper plants on the planter might not have started growing yet, but they have more flower buds than the ones in the raised bed, and some of the have started flowering. So a few more weeks and everything well be growing very well. My cilantro in the top of the planter is getting huge, I need to start making salsa apparently.
I am worrying about the topsy turvy tomato plants, that there isn’t enough room for the roots, maybe transplanting them into a bigger container. Haven’t completely decided, but I’d love them to produce a lot, and the bigger the roots the better chance they have. I’ve been working on plan for a compost bin too, so that’ll be a project I should be able share with you guys too.
The garden is growing and doing well. I think its going to be a few weeks before we see a lot of progress, but my one tomato is getting a lot bigger by the day and a few of the pepper plants are growing flowers. Hopefully since this has already been a crazy warm summer, they’ll grow fast and be more productive.
If you were looking on twitter I’ve been looking on Pinterest all morning for recipes to use with all the peppers I’m growing. I can only eat so many peppers.
Definitely looking forward to some Jalapeno mustard and hot pepper jelly. Have any other suggestions or great canning recipes? I’d love to hear them. As soon as I start getting more fruit growing I’ll be posting the recipes I try.
If you’re looking for more progress on my plants I post more photos on instagr.am (MandaMakes) more than once a week.. its fascinating to watch everything grow, knowing that i’m growing it.
After deciding that I wanted to plant some vegetables, I did some research and found the different ways to do some topsy turvy gardening, and actually tried two different kinds. I am growing tomatoes, peppers, and some herbs.
Here is a picture of everything hanging from the clothes line (which we never use) so far.
We started off with a few bigger tomato plants. We have a Better Boy and an Early Girl, which are already blossoming. Yay! (1st picture)
Those were made with two different kinds of 2L bottles. I used soda and OJ bottles. I preferred that OJ bottles (Minute Maid) They were a sturdier plastic and the opening was bigger, making it easier to get the plant in the bottom. I have about two more that I’m going to plant, so I’ll probably post a tutorial here soonish.
The other ones are the peppers and the herbs. I found a few hanging baskets (saved a lot of drilling and cutting, but not all of it.) for $1 a piece. Not too bad for the size. I cut three holes in the bottom and put a plant in each and then put an herb on top. So far they are growing wildly, can’t wait to see some vegetables growing off of them.
Picture 1 is Green peppers with a Stevia plant growing on top. Picture 2 is Peppermint & Banana peppers. Picture 3 is Cilantro & Cubanelle Peppers. Picture 4 Flat Leaf Parsley & Hot Block Peppers.
I also have baskets of Chili Peppers and a Mix basket. I plan on getting some jalapenos, basil, sage, rosemary, and maybe a few others. Plus we are planting some onions as well.
I’m going to try to update this every week with their growth!
Look for homemade tomato sauce and canning peppers for later in the summer.