Monday, May 27, 2013

2013 Container Garden Wrap Up and Updates for Upcoming Posts

With my container garden season nearly finished, I wanted to dedicate one more post to wrap up the season.  I also want to take some time to share on what to expect next season as well as what I will be doing in the off season.

One of the most exciting changes is that my wife, Ren, will be now handling most of the photography; it seems she has a natural talent for composing pictures and capturing details.  She is currently learning to use her new Canon SX500 PowerShot and is capturing some amazing images which I will share in an upcoming post. All but one of the images I am sharing in this post were shot by her.

Ren also indicated to me that she would like our patio to be more functional, in other words, not cluttered with plants and containers. She would like instead for us to have some outdoor furniture so we can have our morning coffee on the patio. I love this challenge and have come up with an idea to make the garden fit in with the patio furniture and add to the functionality of our outdoor space. This means the container garden will only be occupying the east end of the patio which is perfect for sunlight control and airflow.  I will be building a 2ft x 2ft x 6ft cedar planter with a reservoir underneath that will allow for self watering. I am also toying with the idea of putting a pump in the reservoir for misting and watering.  This will help with the low humidity and watering problems associated with container gardens in Arizona. I will also replant the fichus tree and move it to the west side of the patio to help filter some of the sunlight which really helps container garden vegetables. I’m really looking forward to this project and have already begun designing it.

I also wanted to share some of the pictures Ren took recently of our garden and to give an update on our gardens new resident, Mother Dove.  Yes, last week I was out watering when I discovered two miniature white eggs in the herb box.  I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of bird they belonged to until later that evening when I snuck out to see if a mother bird was sitting and sure enough, there on the eggs sat a female mourning dove! We are expecting new babies any day now so I will sure to post the pictures when we get them.

I’m also happy to report that the tomatoes and chili pepper look fantastic and are about ready for harvest.  I do believe that the peppers will go through the summer, but I am not sure about the tomatoes.  The Rosemary is doing well and will also be repotted and the chives are blooming and about done for the season; I will replant the bulbs in the herb box in the fall.  Also, the poinsettia is thriving in the warm weather and partial shade, and it looks like it should be spectacular this Christmas.
These two dove eggs were a pleasant surprise!

Our Newest Resident, Mother Dove, on the Nest
Another Shot of Mother Dove
Three Beautiful Tomatoes; I can't wait to taste them!
These Chili Pepper Plants did Fantastic; I will Plant them again
Next Year!

Well, that’s it for the container garden this season but I will have many more exciting posts to share this summer including my visit to La Paz Waterfall Garden in Costa Rica and the progress of the new garden planter.  Until the next time, ~Happy Gardening~

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