i got some darling little organic tomato seedlings that a fellow freecycler started from her own seeds. i have no idea what kind of tomatoes they are. this is part of the adventure.
we don't really have much garden space here. there's plenty of green around - we're not short on that - but nothing like what we had at either place we lived in woodland. sigh. we'll make the most of what we have.
but, wait. lots of people garden in containers on decks and porches and in little spaces. we get plenty of southern sun, so we have plenty of opportunity to experiment. take a look at this blog post about another creative way to grow on a deck from gwyn at dirt under my fingernails.
we didn't bring any of our containers on the move, with the exception of one special planter box, so we needed to start from scratch.
thus entered freecycle. i asked for containers of any and all shapes and sizes and materials. we scored big.
then i purchased electrical tape in bright colors.
cleaned the pots first so that the tape would stick,
then let our imagination run free:
|yup, there's a mustache on one of them. can you spot it?|
|this has a diamondback rattlesnake wrapping itself all around the pot|
then it was time for planting. ander was enthusiastic about growing sunflowers after reading eric carle's the tiny seed and was a little over-zealous about making sure there were enough seeds, so he placed many, many seeds in each little hole. hmmm. can't wait to see what becomes of the whole packet of basil seeds he poured out.
he's really good at watering, though. this is the point at which he self-identified as a gardener, or, in his terms, a "grower."
|mister uncle brian looks on as ander wields his watering weapon of choice|
we watered. we watched. we waited.
and now, barely within a month, we can see the changes that happen on an almost daily basis.
|pumpkins on the porch|
|pumpkins down below (in the tiny plot near the fence)|
|first blossoms on the tiny tomatoes|
|lime mint in the moustache pot|
|bathing in basil, plus actual strawberries|
|a proliferation of petunias|
|diana's birthday planter from a friend in california is the home for her favorite flowers. ander's sunflowers are to the left in the red-striped container|
|ander picked this shade. these daisies make him happy, too.|