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My Experience With Growing an Organic Container Garden: Update

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wolters Realty & Property Management Company BK3045307

I have not been doing the greatest job with my plants. I went on several vacations this summer and we moved and the plants suffered from all of it. My son did a great job while I was away mostly, but when I came back from my trips I had so much work to catch up on that I neglected the plants a lot. I usually managed to water them most days, but didn't keep up well with fertilizing and removing leaves with leaf miner.

My tomato plants went weeks where they should have been staked to keep them from falling over, but I wanted my husband to help with that and he was so busy with the move that it didn't happen unMy Experience With Growing an Organic Container Garden: Update til they showed signs of not being healthy because if it, like lots of dead branches and very little tomatoes sprouting.  The cucumber and the zuchini plants didn't make it at all. They were basically gone from fungus before the move. I had several zuchinni sprout but not one made it.

I had one beefsteak tomato that got to about two inches in diameter, but my dog ate that and I haven't had another even sprout since. I have actually eaten two cherry tomatoes and they were really small. They were delicious though. I keep catching my dogs sniffing around and they are eating some of the tomatoes while they are still green.

I got a whole bunch of basil and followed directions I got on line to freeze it. I went to use it last week and realized it must have gotten a little defrosted while moving and was all iced up and looked dried out. I did manage to get a couple of leaves off one of the plants and used it for a recipe that came out delicious. The chives had been looking really good, but I had a really hectic week and weekend and neglected the plants once again and the chives have wilted and some turned yellow.

I do have several peppers growing and despite the fungus issue I will be writing about, I am optimistic that I could end up with some decent ones. They look good so far and they are up on a table where my dogs can't easily get to them.

The parsley may be okay I need to take the time and trim it up, overall that it looks healthy.

So the jury is still out on whether or not this was worthwhile. 

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~Cathy Wolters~

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Comments (3)

Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I wonder what you dog was thinking when he finally gave in to the impulse? You think he is missing some nutrients or vitamins?

Sep 19, 2014 12:43 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

To learn self-sufficiency is never a waste...keep at it!

Sep 19, 2014 01:59 AM
Cathy Wolters
Wolters Realty & Property Management Company - Cocoa, FL
Your Brevard County Property Management Expert

Richie, I think it was just starting to turn red and that's the color he usually sees tomatoes. I usually give them fruits and veggies when i am cutting them up so they are familiar with them and I think it was just that it was starting to resemble something he has had, My female eats them when they are green though, I have since found out.  I think it is just that they are labs and eat anything and everything. 

Li, you are right thanks :)

Sep 22, 2014 12:42 AM