Posted by: gisspar | June 30, 2009

Some thoughts on deck gardening

So the spinach has bolted and I’ve finally gotten a serving of sugar peas:

First sugar pea harvest

First sugar pea harvest

Not very many and not too big (but the little ones taste better). Sauteed in a little butter with a pinch of salt. Yum. I might get another handful before it’s just too hot for them. All in all, I’d say it was a success considering the last time I had anything to do with growing vegetables I was like 6. And way more into the potatoes—always had a blast pulling them out of the ground and seeing how many big ones there were. Anyway back to the lessons learned this year:

  1. Start with bigger containers. I followed the package instructions and planted them about 2 inches apart, but at this point in the year when it’s hotter and the plants need more water for the pods, the small pots are just not cutting it.
  2. Start with rectangular pots. Just to make it easier for the staking. And locating the hungry little grasshoppers.
  3. Use taller and sturdier poles. I reused some quarter inch bamboo poles that were only about 2 and a half feet tall. Not tall enough. I was out there two weeks ago with a bit more bamboo and some duct tape for extensions.
  4. Duct tape doesn’t work so well in the high heat and humidity.
  5. Try to find a sunnier spot.
  6. Peer pressure does not work when trying to get the vines to grow up the stakes.

So now we move on to herbs—dill, basil, parcel, lemon balm, thyme, lavender—and the perennials. All of the hostas that survived the winter and the squirrels are going like gangbusters right now:

Happy hostas

Happy hostas

And finally, the inchworm I kept having to rescue. Little guy was everywhere last week. I suspect he was busy munching on the herbs, but he’s cooler than the grasshoppers. Not as cool as the praying mantis baby though.

My new friend

My new friend

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