2011 Container Garden Cultivars

The garden, which was only supposed to be a few herbs and maybe some tomatoes, got a little out of hand. I don’t know how we ended up with over 40 pots of plants. But we did. Now the pressure’s on: can I keep them alive?

This is what we’re attempting to grow this year:

# of containers of veggie type: cultivars (if known)

  • 4 sweet peppers: Fat ‘n Sassy (green), Ariane (orange), Purple Beauty (purple), Red Bell (red)
  • 2 chili peppers: Cayenne, Jalapeno
  • 1 pickling pepper: Pepperoncini
  • 1 tomato: Early Girl
  • 4 cherry tomatoes: Black Cherry, Cherry Roma, White Cherry, Riesentraube
  • 2 yellow zucchini: Gold Rush
  • 1 eggplant: Fairy Tale
  • 1 oregano: Pizza Night
  • 1 thyme: Pizza Thyme
  • 1 cilantro: Simply Salsa
  • 1 parsley: Curly American
  • 1 sage: Common Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • 4 mint: Chocolate, Mojito, Appletini, spearmint
  • 3 basil: Sweet Basil (2), Boxwood
  • 3 blueberries: Elliot, Northland, Bluecrop
  • 2 strawberries: Berri Basket, Everbearing
  • 1 dill:
  • 1 rosemary:
  • 1 pickling cucumber:
  • 1 pineapple plant:
  • 1 pumpkin: (from the kids’ Halloween pumpkins, seeded themselves)
  • 1 bean: (daughter planted it at school)
  • 1 sunflower: (daughter planted it at school)

Kids Planted (6/9/2011) (seeds):

  • Moon & Stars Watermelon
  • Cherry Belle Radishes
  • Big Rainbow Tomatoes
  • Mammoth Sunflower

3/4 of which aren’t container-friendly. Not sure what we’ll do with the watermelon, tomatoes, and sunflowers, but it made the kids happy

Planted (6/10/2011) (seeds):

  • 2 spinach: Palco Hybrid

Repotted (6/21/2011):

  • 3 Cherry Belle Radishes (seedlings)
  • 1 Moon & Stars Watermelon (seedling)
  • 1 Bean (unknown variety: daughter planted it at school)
  • 1 Pumpkin (found another seedling that started itself in the patio area)

Dead or Dying (6/21/2011):

  • 1 Basil completely consumed by fungus gnats: went to plant heaven
  • 1 Basil infested with red spider mites: quarantined on front porch til I decide if I should pitch it or keep it as an attractant to keep the mites away from the other plants
  • About half the garden pots are full of fungus gnats. Trying fly tape and potato slices to draw out the larvae–and hoping it will dry out, but the latest weather forecast is for rain for the rest of the week.

Repotted (6/29/2011):

  • 1 Cinnamon Basil (new)
  • 1 Megabite Tomato (new)
  • 1 Big Rainbow Tomato (seedling)
  • 1 Moon & Stars Watermelon (seedling)
  • 1 dill (too big for its old pot)