I just got back from a two week trip visiting family and friends. It was great and so glad to be home. I took a survey of my potted vegetable garden and it fared pretty well, thanks to a friend coming by to water.
I was surprised to find beans and bell peppers since there were no flowers when I left. Since I’m still new to this blogging thing I forgot to take photos BEFORE picking, so here is some of what I have now.
There is nothing soooo tasty as fresh picked veggies for your meal and way more healthy without the pesticides used by most growers! Next best thing is getting produce from your local Farmer’s Market.
If you have never tried growing your own veggies because you feel you don’t have space maybe this will change your mind.
As you can see, I use pots of all different shapes, sizes and types. I started using the cloth variety last year. I got ‘Smart Pots’ and they held up very well and the big ones were light enough for me to bring inside when it started snowing. Yes, I grew tomatoes all winter inside next to a West facing window.
If you are thinking it’s too late to get started, well it is not. Check you local nursery, they may even have started putting everything on sale! I live in the high dessert area on the East side of the Oregon Cascade Mountains. This area has a very short growing season outside so most everything that is left is on sale. Before I went on my trip, the end of July, I saw tomato plants with green tomatoes on sale at Bi-Mart.
If there are no plants to be had, get a packet of lettuce, spinach or radish seeds. They are pretty easy to get started and have a short seed to table time. Once planted the big thing to remember is to keep them moist! I use a spray bottle until the sprouts are about an inch or two tall and then water from a container. Plants in pots need to be regularly fed with fertilizer unless you purchased the special planter fertilizer soil mix. I usually start the seeds in small containers and then transplant them into a larger pot, except for the radishes and carrots. Root veggies don’t transplant very well.
Here are a couple Curly leaf lettuces ready for transplanting and also a photo of one that I transplanted two weeks ago before my trip. Once I transplant these two little guys I will plant more seeds so I’ll have a continual crop of lettuce.
To keep the little bugs and the bigger critters away, I regularly mist my produce with a Peppermint essential oil spray. It is easy to make and safe to ingest for people and pets.
- 8 ounces of water in a spray bottle
- with ½ teaspoon natural soap (ex: Liquid Castile Soap)
- and 12 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Buy it
It is best to use a glass bottle so if you are using a plastic spray bottle be sure to store the leftover in a labeled glass jar.
This also works well on keeping ants and spiders away too! Check out this blog
I only use a specific high grade of Essential Oils (since I will be eating my plants, I want to make sure my oils are pure and free of non-desirables)
Well, I’m off to water, feed and tell my plants how proud I am of how well they grew while I was away.
NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis