Weekly Garden Update – 07/16/2013

July 16, 2013  |  1 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening
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Time for a quick container garden update (to at least document, once, this summer) and check in on how the various plants are doing (spoilers: they’re okay, for the most part!).

The Littlest Gardener takes a nap after a busy day.

The Littlest Gardener takes a nap after a busy day.

It’s been a hot week, so far, and it makes everyone sleepy, especially the Littlest Gardener.

Rosemary, Peppermint, Sweet Mint, and Sweet Basil

Rosemary, Peppermint, Sweet Mint, and Sweet Basil

The peppermint and sweet mint are in some need of a haircut. They’ve completely overrun their containers. The sweet basil is unhappy with the amount of rain that we’ve received; it doesn’t like wet feet very much, and the soil that it’s in retains too much water. I should remedy that. Lastly, the rosemary just had a haircut earlier this week.

A container of mini bell pepper plants.

A container of mini bell pepper plants.

A ripened, orange mini bell pepper.

A ripened, orange mini bell pepper.

The mini bell peppers that are soil-bound are happily producing peppers. One of the orange peppers is fully ripe and will be picked tomorrow.

Red Beauty Bell Peppers

Red Beauty Bell Peppers

The Red Beauty peppers, in an earthbox I picked up for $5 at a yard sale, they’ve put on a ton of peppers. Three of them are almost ready for picking. Excited to turn these into burrito filling.

Aconcagua peppers

Aconcagua peppers

The Aconcagua pepper plant has two awesomely long beauties on there that I, honestly, didn’t realize where there until I took this picture. They’re facing away from the house.

Cajun Belle Peppers

Cajun Belle Peppers

The Cajun Belle pepper that shares the planter with the Aconcagua pepper is stagnant since I picked it up from Lowe’s a few weeks ago. It was probably stunted when I purchased it, which makes me sad because I was really looking forward to trying these peppers.

Tabasco Pepper Plants

Tabasco Pepper Plants

Tabasco Peppers upclose

Tabasco Peppers upclose

The Tabasco peppers have put on a load of flowers, in the last week, several of which have turned into fruits. Really looking forward to seeing just how spicy actual Tabasco peppers are.

Chinese Five Color Plants and Fish Pepper Plant

Chinese Five Color Plants and Fish Pepper Plant

The centerpiece of the container garden contains two Chinese Five Color peppers and one Fish Pepper plant. The Chinese Five Colors produce beautiful purple peppers to start that turn various colors through its live. The Fish Pepper has variegated leaves and peppers with white stripes. They’re supposed to be mildly spicy, and I’m looking forward to trying them, as well.

Kratky Method Pickling Cucumber Plant

Kratky Method Pickling Cucumber Plant

Kratky Method Pickling Cucumber Roots

Kratky Method Pickling Cucumber Roots

Lastly, the experimental Boston Picking cucumber plant, in the Kratky method planter is doing very well. I’m going to need to set up a trellis for it by the end of the week. I’ve been pinning ideas that I need to put together, this weekend to help maximize my future-pickle output.

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One Response to “Weekly Garden Update – 07/16/2013”

Barbie says:

Watchout for the tabascos! Anything at all that drops to the ground will be making baby plants this year, and next, and next. Volunteers abound with that one! Looks like your peppers are suffering from wet feet, too. Perhaps some epsoms would give them a boost. I lose mine each summer and have to start over in fall. Except tabasco. That is one tough plant!