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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Veggie Garden in a Container

Container Gardening Part 1 : Banana Peppers
Miriam's Container Garden!

Spring is here and what do you know... the Garden Centers around the area are selling all sorts of tempting plants and gardening stuff! But hey, it's cheaper to buy a pack of seeds. Check out Yam's Banana Peppers.

My 11-year-old niece, Miriam, and her container garden - Banana peppers.

We thought they were full grown at 6-7 inches. . . 

Yam harvested them to use them for Dadads's dish - "Dinuguan" (blood stew)

Don't they look huge? 

But the ones that we did not harvest grew bigger! Turned out, the ones Yam harvested are still babies.

See how much they've grown... see how healthy and robust they have become. 

And they keep growing! Who would have guessed they have always been planted in a small rectangular pot since they were seedlings?

 After a few more weeks, I harvested some more.. and they were this big already!

The ones that we left on the mother plant, surprisingly,  turned red.

Here's a days harvest. Looking good huh.

Gardening doesn't always have to be  on the ground. Container gardening has its benefits too. For small yard and tight spaces, container gardening is the best option. 

Here are some things to remember about container gardening. Make sure you choose a sturdy container that can hold the pressure of your plant's growing roots. Check and make sure it has good drainage -roots become weak and rot when they are soaked for a long time. See to it that you situate your container in a spot where your plants get at least 6 hours of full sun exposure. Make it a point to invest in good potting soil, complete with the necessary nutrients - that are supposedly readily available to ground-based plants, to sustain your thriving plants. Periodically check for bugs and other pests.  Remember to pressure-wash the leaves and stems of the plants to keep it clean and pest-free. However, water moderately on the base of the plant. Unlike ground plants, your container will hold water and might overly soak the roots of your veggies. Plants hate "wet feet"  this can cause root rot and can kill your plant.

Stay tuned for  more container gardening tips and photos.
Happy Gardening Everyone!

Jenny Matlock hosts this cool meme! Thanks, Jenn! It's been awhile..
Jenny Matlock


betchai said...

look at Yam, a picture of joy, gardening brings such joy with that bountiful harvest. it is very good option for me Tes, as I ran out of spaces where to plant around home, and I hesitate to uproot some plants, but I still love to garden, so I garden mostly in container and pots now. miss you much, Tes. hope all is well.

Icy BC said...

Wow..these are great looking peppers! Gardening is such a joy when you see the result like this.

Hope all is well with you, Tes..

Snap said...

I love banana peppers. These are gorgeous. Container gardening ... the only way to go in a small space!! Well done!

rainfield61 said...

You call them peppers, they are chilies in Malaysia.

Ebie said...

Hi Tess, nice to see blogging again.

Those peppers would serve good here. I do not eat spicy food, Zee does, and so does her hubby. He arrived last January.

Your "kids" have grown fast! It must a joy!

Take care!

George said...

Your niece has a marvelous container garden. The plant is very healthy and the peppers look delicious.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Tes, your niece is a beautiful young girl. The pepper plant is growing well. I want to grow cherry tomatoes this year. Nice post, have a great day!

Cher said...

yay! welcome back girlash! thanks for sharing your gardening happiness! Yam looked so thrilled with her harvest! :)
you've been missed! hope to see you around more often. ;)

Diane AZ said...

Your niece is a fantastic gardener, beautiful pictures!

Pat said...

I can't believe how big the peppers got! Were they really ripe when they were yellow/green? A container garden is a nice idea for condo/apt/townhome dwellers!

mrs. c said...

What a wonderful experience for your niece and I know that she will always remember this! I too am a teacher of low income students, pre-k and I feel like I am teaching the students and the parents too! I feel like this is one of those things I am meant to do! Keep u your good work, it takes a special person to teach young children!

beckyp said...

those are some big peppers!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Those peppers look scrumptious! I have grown some veggies and herbs in containers.

kim said...

oh! it looks so cool.. i'll try that one time..

Andy David said...

I'm afraid I'm not at all green-fingered. My talents lie in writing romantic poetry (smile). I do love red peppers though, especially roasted. Nice photos. Thanks for sharing and visiting.

The Violet Maiden

Leomar said...

Hi, Tess. The peppers look good. I don't really like spicy foods but I like dinuguan. Have a great weekend!

RNSANE said...

Wow, Tes, what an incredible haul from such a small container. Miriam must have a green thumb. Are these spicy peppers? I would hope so as I do like a bit of spice....always have in my food...chilis and eggs and hot added to most dishes
( except dessert ). My Indian friends were quite surprised that they didn't have to cook differently for me.

LifeRamblings said...

great to know that the peppers are growing healthily. best wishes to you and happy weekend.

Jenny said...

What a talented young girl...

Those peppers look Very tasty...

And they are in such ViVid colors!

Wonderful post for the letter "V"!

Thanks for linking.


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