I find a lot of people express doubts as to the success of container planting. When left to struggle unaided many container gardens do suffer. Neglect of any garden will have an adverse affect on the harvest. But the following pictures should give you hope that it is possible to feed the family without a patch of land on which to dig.
I have permission from my lovely cousin to share with you the fabulous photos of her container garden. I discovered these pictures a while back and I still think it is one of the best examples of container gardening I have seen yet. They get a reasonable harvest and it is all accomplished on a balcony - no ground at all required here! It just goes to show that a little kiwi ingenuity goes a long way. My cousin lives in a rather different climate than we do, but I think that with careful planning and attention to varieties and conditions we can all replicate this level of success. Hopefully this inspires some of you to take the plunge and give it a go!
We are on the official countdown now - less than a month to go until we return to the market. We ran a car-boot sale at the market last weekend and it was lovely to see some of our customers from last season, and very heartening have them inquire as to when our plants are coming back!
My greenhouse hasn't a spare inch of space just now. The tables are almost groaning under the weight of all the seed trays and tiny seedlings that are coming up. As I do every year, I got a little over enthusiastic, and in my haste to get things ready left a tray of lettuce seedlings out a little sooner than I should have. This caused them to become rather smothered by the thick blanket of snow that came at the end of August. However - lettuces grow fast so I shall be sure to have more soon. It just goes to show that even experienced gardeners make silly mistakes from time to time!
All the wonderful currant cuttings I put in earlier in the year (thank you Kay!) now have enough roots to move into individual pots, and with some careful nurturing will hopefully grow big enough to plant out towards the end of the season. Gooseberries are at the same stage, and I may have one or two raspberry seedlings if we are lucky!
We have been working on a new display screen to stand behind us when we are at market - I am hopeful that it will also double as an example of a short crop vertical garden, so watch this space for photos once we have it put together!
I have a good quantity of brassicas growing strong - so far we will have broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage. Additionally, I have both green and rainbow silver-beet, and a summer variety of spinach. Herbs so far include thyme, oregano, rosemary (both the spreading and the upright varieties), lemon balm, chamomile, and mint, and later we'll have the ever popular basil, parsley and coriander. I also will have a few types of plants that will feed and attract beneficial insects to your garden, such as borage, Echinacea and sunflowers.
Landscaping varieties include Carex testacea, Banks Peninsula Blue Festuca, Lavender Hidcote, several types of flowering ground cover plants, a smattering of hedging and tree varieties, and still more to follow as the season progresses.
Flowering annuals will also be available throughout the season, pansies, chrysanthemum, and cineraria are great instant colour in the garden and an excellent way to cheer up after the winter drab.
So - only two weeks until spring - see you all soon!
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!