Garden Diary: Growing Vegetables in Containers

My six on Saturday this week focuses on some of my vegetable success stories which makes a change from my usual woes regarding blight, grey/white mold, and the rogue blackbird. While growing fruit and vegetables in containers are more challenging than growing in raised beds or directly in the ground it does have some advantages when you are limited for space or restricted by hedge roots or sun challenges

I continue to tidy and weed the garden plus clear any vegetables that are almost end-of-life to reduce watering duties for Gnome while I am in hospital and during post-op recovery. Yep, knee replacement operation is scheduled in a couple of weeks so he will be head gardener, cook, and bottle-washer.

1. LETTUCE

The Bativa lettuce I grew from seed is finally ready for harvesting. This time I kept the pot covered with a plastic crate to protect the lettuce from the sun and the greedy blackbird looking for worms.

Bativa Lettuce
Bativa Lettuce

This week, I was delighted to find some Lollo lettuce plugs for sale at a little garden centre.

Lollo Lettuce growing in a pot
Lollo Lettuce growing in a pot

 

2. BUTTERNUT SQUASH GROWING IN A POT

The butternut squash planted from seed on the 11th of April is doing well.

butternut squash growing in a pot
squash growing in a pot

My first baby squash!

Squash
Squash

I won’t mention the little white spots.

White mold on squash leaves
White mold on squash leaves

3. KABERI F1 BABY ABUREGINE GROWING IN A POT

Normally, I buy aubergine plugs but this year as the market closed I was forced to grow some from seed. Shortly after lockdown, I discovered a seed company in Portugal that accepted small orders. I felt like a child in a Toyshop and ordered lots of different varieties of seeds. The Kaberi F1 was one of my purchases and so far I am delighted with the result. I also changed my compost and the results are outstanding! I only planted this on about a month ago.

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aubergine-kaberi-F1-2407

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aubergine-kaberi-F1-2407

and you can see the difference. These are seedlings still waiting to be planted on. I think they are trying to tell me something!

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aubergine-kaberi-F1-2407-seedlings

4. GROWING MELONS IN POTS

Much to my surprise, the green melons started as seeds on the 31st March are already beginning to bear fruit, and dare I say the foliage looks relatively healthy. I have given them a couple of feeds of Epsom Salts so perhaps this has helped?

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melon-growing-in-pots

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melon-growing-in-pots

5. GROWING ONIONS IN CONTAINERS

I grew these onions from seed! I need to thin them out, but so far so good. Normally, I buy the mature onion plugs from the plant man at the local market, but thanks to COVID it closed for several months.

Onions growing in containers
Onions growing in containers

The red onions were planted as plugs at the end of February in a large container. I was a little lazy and did not thin them out to give them room to develop, but even so, I am happy with the result.

Red onions grown in container
Red onions grown in a container

6. THE TUMERIC EXPERIMENT

tumeric
Tumeric

Has anyone tried to grow turmeric? A friend bought me some fresh turmeric months ago and because we use the garage as an isolation zone for all food before it is brought into the house, I completely forgot about it. Three months later I found it beneath some old cloths and it had sprouted!

Apparently, I need to plant 2-4inches deep in a wide container so it has room to grow.

 

That’s it for this week, folks. Why not click over to Mr P’s blog to check out other six on Saturday bloggers

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      1. I never put much effort into the winter squash. I grow summer squash, and tend to them, but the winter squash just grow mostly ignored on the edge where they get water from where the other vegetables live. I sometimes roll their fruits over so that they are not always laying on the same side. The foliage dies back in the frost, leaving their squash behind.

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  1. Growing an eggplant in a pot is not easy in France so I imagine in Portugal… I started to grow one in a pot and from the moment the fruits have been formed, I needed the water it too often. I resigned myself to planting it in the garden at this point. The fruits continue to grow.
    PS :I also have white spots on my cucumber and squash leaves. The start of powdery mildew

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  2. Lovely selection of very healthy looking vegetables. I’ve grown turmeric in pots, and it seems to work well. They grow in a similar fashion to ginger. The pots get some morning sun, but because of our intense heat they are in shade for most of the day. The leaves die back at the end of the season and the tubers can be dug up to use. Save a couple of tubers for next year’s crop.

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