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Published on June 06, 2018

lauren cornay and her container garden

Mini-Veggie Garden: An Update From a Not-So-Green Thumb

I missed my self-imposed Mother’s Day deadline, but did manage to get my vegetable garden planted May 15.

The trip to the greenhouse was every bit as overwhelming as I anticipated. Did you know there are more than 15,000 known varieties of tomatoes worldwide? No, my selection wasn’t quite that vast, but it might as well have been. I ended up walking out with 200 quarts of potting soil, cilantro and finger-carrot seeds, as well as grape tomato, cucumber salad bush, pepper, curly parsley, flat-leaf parsley, chive and garlic chive plants.

A little too ambitious I fear.

One of the driving desires behind the vegetable garden was to instill some horticultural interest in my child. However, at 2, she was almost instantly distracted by the spray nozzle on the hose and the neighbor’s swing set. I was able to lure her over long enough to plant a few carrot seeds and water the pots.

The planting was not without incident. First and foremost, I learned plants need a lot of space so there may be some overcrowding issues in my two 24-inch square pots. I did rummage through the garage to find a separate pot for the tomatoes because staff at the greenhouse voiced some concern regarding the depth of the container I had planned to use.

Finally and most embarrassingly I put the tomato cages in upside down, and promptly made my husband re-photograph the adventure when I realized the blunder.

“Run dry, and then soak through,” was the advice I received for watering from the greenhouse folks. So, the next mission is to keep my plants alive and hydrated long enough to bear produce.

I will keep you posted.  

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