Blog Author
Jewell
(view profile)
Recent Entries to this Blog Is It Really.....?
Posted: 16 Mar 2015
Flowers, Perennials and Weeds
Posted: 06 Oct 2014
Planted My First Fairy Circle
Posted: 29 Aug 2014
Winter Squash
Posted: 28 Aug 2014
Pot Garden and Hugelkultur in the Last Days of July
Posted: 30 Jul 2014

All Entries
 

You are in Blogs / Jewell's Blog / Summer /

Pot Garden and Hugelkultur in the Last Days of July

Category: Summer | Posted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:07 pm

My potted runner beans have suffered from insufficient watering.


Runner beans ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )
I reused potting soil from last year. The leaves had lacked the usual bright green and have had to supplement with epson salts. This seemed to be the miracle cure and helped them look healthy again. Of the two pots I replanted in old soil the pot with volunteer foxgloves in it looks the healthiest. The healthier pot doesn't have the die back like the one shown. I am thinking companion planting helped both for nutrients and shading the soil. It doesn't seem to dry out as quickly.

We have noticed all that greenery from the runner beans has a lot of moisture and has been a remarkable temperature control. The inside of the shack is usually a few degrees cooler inside because of the shade and cooling affect of the runner beans on the outside.


Base shows lack of watering ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

I also planted up pots with beans, peas and kale. The plants are hiding my potting mess and are starting to provide meals. It is amazing what can be grown anywhere there is sun, soil, and water.

Ghetto pot garden ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Dinner ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

Planting in pots has certainly given us some nice dinners of greens we wouldn't have had otherwise. I am curious to see how the kale does that is planted in the same pots as the green beans and peas in the ghetto garden.

I feel the Hugelkultur has been a success. Next year I will try to be more organized when planting it out though. This spring and summer I just kept sticking in seeds and starter plants until all the bare ground was filled. Now it is a hunt to find produce. In winter when I tidy and mulch I am also putting in some masonry bricks for stairs/steps in at least two areas. Right now I feel like I am climbing a mountain to reach some produce. It is a lot more ground space with the rise in elevation and I am too short to reach the top areas easily. Over all I feel it has been a success despite the dog digging up parts of the hill twice.

Here are some things growing on the Hugelkultur. Other veggies not shown are two varieties of kale and chard, walking onions, cabbage, all winter eats.


Hunting for lemon cucumbers. Lunch every day includes a few. ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Tomatoes. August eats ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Lots of mustard greens ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Cole crops ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Winter squash ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


Lots of winter squash ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )



Bush beans ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )


The big bad green Hugelkultur mound.


Food in a pile ( photo / image / picture from Jewell's Garden )

Hope your gardening experiments are working out for you too.







This blog entry has been viewed 238 times
You're reading one of many blogs on GardenStew.com.
Register for free and start your own blog today.


Comments

 

Tooty2shoes wrote on Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:16 pm:


We love our raised beds and have gotten a lot more veggies from fewer plants. I tried container gardening. But I forget to water the stuff, it gets stressed and produces little.
Your veggies look great. I was wondering.
What are walking onion?




 

Jewell wrote on Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:58 am:


T2S, here is Allium proliferum at GardenStew, more commonly called Egyptian Walking Onion.

http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/9001073

They fit well in my permaculture style of gardening. Elephant garlic and the walking onion are self propagating alliums in my garden. Like these no fail veggies.




Growingpains wrote on Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:49 pm:


Please explain Ghetto garden and Hugelkultur.

The Lemon Cucumber looks like our Cukemelons.





Leave a Comment


Login or register to leave a comment.






You are in Blogs / Jewell's Blog / Summer /