Container Garden Update: First Pepper and More Broccoli

container garden: my first hot pepper!

Things are chugging along in my little container garden!

If you’re new around here, you might wonder what’s up with this whole “Grow Your Own Food Challenge.” Here’s the lowdown: I am a terrible gardener. Really. I kill plants, and it’s kept me from trying to grow food for a couple of years after a particularly disastrous attempt. This time around, I’m making myself accountable to my plants and to you guys, and I’m inviting anyone who likes to join in on growing some food! It doesn’t have to be a lot of food. The idea is to just keep some plants alive to sort of ease into the whole thing. If you’re growing food or planning to and want to get in on the challenge, I hope you’ll keep us updated! Feel free to comment on this or any other GYOFC post or shoot me an email through the contact page.

My husband has been kind enough to toss some organic plant food into my pots out front when he tends to his plants in the back yard, and I think that’s part of why my garden is doing so much better than in past years. I need to find some time to dig into our compost bin to amend the soil in the pots some more, especially the mint which took a beating in the recent storms. If you’re looking to amend your edible container garden with compost, Mike at Urban Organic Gardener has some really great tips on doing just that!

My pepper plant produced its very first hot pepper (pictured above), which I’m going to harvest and cook up very soon, and these lovely flowers seem to imply that more are on the way!

container garden: hot pepper flower

Something is still munching the leaves, but since whatever it is doesn’t seem to be keeping the plant from producing, I’m going to just wait and see.

container garden broccoli

Project: Broccoli Beheading was a success again, as well! I don’t know how many times the plant will bounce back from beheadings (do any of you know?), but I’m going to just keep harvesting it this way until it refuses to feed me delicious Chinese broccoli anymore. If it ain’t broke, right?

So spill it, my fellow gardenistas! What are you growing, and how is it going? What do you have on deck to plant when the weather warms up a bit more?

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  1. I’ve just come back from a holiday in Scotland and my little garden is bountiful. For supper last night, I picked, all from tubs,3 types of leaves for a salad. Fresh thyme and parsley for some tiny homemade fritters and a big handful of fresh coriander to put on my spicy vegetables ummm delicious!
    Happy gardening, happy eating
    Anita

  2. I’ve got cherry tomatoes, Thai chili peppers, jalapenos, red bell peppers, rosemary, chives, and chocolate mint.

    I’ve got a few baby bell peppers coming along. The cherry tomato plant is growing like a weed (in a good way). The Thai chili peppers have several green peppers growing. I’m a little nervous about my jalapeno plant, it’s not doing too much. As far as the herbs, they are propagating nicely! I love grabbing a few mint leaves to chew on while watering.

    This will be my first attempt at growing plants in Arizona. I hope it does well. If anyone has some experience/advice, please share!

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