9 hours ago
Friday, May 8, 2009
I finally figured out how to do the planters on the railing! I bought 4 30" window box planters, drilled holes in the side and tied them together with nylon rope. They hang over the railing like saddlebags. It's so simple, I can't believe how long it took me to come up with this solution. I planted one with strawberries, the other 3 have annuals. Nasturtiums are on the edge of the outside ones, so they can trail down in front. A few of my favorite annuals are interspersed with edible violas and pansies.
I'm still waiting on my Burpee order....but in the meantime I got a few herbs at the garden center. It's so tempting to buy everything in sight, but I have so little space. :(
See the milk jugs sitting under the grill? I'm using them to transport water. I think I might need to figure out a way to hook a hose up to my kitchen faucet though. I'm spending a LOT of time hauling water.
Nasturtiums hate to be transplanted, so I got them started in paper egg cartons, then I transplanted the entire thing into the window box. The paper will decompose and the roots can grow through without being disturbed!
Here's a view from inside. Note the bag of potting soil - I'm planning on getting more window boxes for vegetables. :)
The dishpans are finally starting to fill up with lettuce. (You can see how tall the peas are getting in the background.)
PEAS! I have snap, snow and garden peas planted. I'm using the railing for their support, it's supplemented with 100' of twine wrapped around and around. I think I'll have to add some supports to the other side of the dishpans, too.