Why plant just flowers? This year, instead of planting the usual annual assortment, we decided to fill this decorative container brimming with veggies and herbs.
|36 inch concrete trough|
First, we removed about a third of last year's soil and...
|replenished it by adding 1/2 of composted sheep manure and....|
|1/2 of black earth. Mixed thoroughly with the existing soil that had perlite. It's necessary to have vermiculite or perlite; this encourages proper drainage and root development. Otherwise the soil becomes hard and roots struggle.|
|We started by planting the tomatoes and their supports. These are heirloom and beefsteak tomatoes. The supports are somewhat unsightly at first, but once tomatoes arrive, the tomato foliage will camouflage the stakes.|
|Our desire was mainly for culinary purposes, but colour and texture was also considered.|
#1 Dwarf Dill (12-20" tall)
#2 Variegated Oregano (trailer)
|#3 Curly Red Lettuce|
#4 Bright Lights Swiss Chard
#5 Dark Little Leaf Lettuce
(repeated on the left side)
We didn't over plant - spaced for adequate growth. However, there is still enough room, if one wishes to plant some annuals, in case one misses summer blooms. ;)
|Will update on the growth and colouration. Can't wait to harvest too!|