Christine's garden Gardening

Update from the Veggie Planter

The new Vegetable Planter is exactly a week old today and imagine my excitement when I found all sorts of activity! Surely veggie gardening has to be the most rewarding type of gardening? I’ve planted so many things in my garden and waited months or years (and in many cases I’m still waiting!) for something exciting to happen with a plant. But I put a few vegetable seedlings in a few basins and hey presto! one week later I’m eating my own sweet basil, cooking with my own home-grown coriander and watching in total amazement as a chili plant sprouts four new chilis overnight! Yesterday the “Long Red Cayenne Slim” had one new chili sprout and this afternoon when I proudly showed my daughter our Chili Plant with it’s one chili, we were both amazed to see it now has FIVE! That’s four new ones, overnight!

The strawberry plant is making strawberries and the tomato has the beginnings of what look like they are going to be lovely juicy tomatoes! Seriously, does it get more rewarding than this? Its been such a short time and already my sweet basil plants are producing enough leaves for me not to have to buy basil any more – it seems the more I pick the more they produce (sorry Woolies, you’ll have to find something else to sell me now!). And is it my imagination or does ones own “home-grown” really taste better? Our coriander tastes better than any I’ve ever bought!

So here are the photos taken this evening of my new veggies … (click to enlarge)

[one_half]The Tomato PlantThe Tomato Plant[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of Sweet BasilLots of Sweet Basil[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Home-grown ParsleyOur very own Parsley[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Strawberries … Yum!Can't wait to pick them![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Long Red Cayenne PepperCayenne Pepper[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Best Coriander Ever!Best Coriander Ever![/one_half_last]

Thank you Barbie for encouraging me to try this! That very first little Tomato you gave me was the start of all this and I’m loving it (not to mention the amount of money I’ll save which I can now use to buy other plants!)


By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “Update from the Veggie Planter”

Hi Chris,
I was SO EXCITED when I saw all the plants thriving in your veggie planter!! How rewarding this is!! It is fun having an edible garden, hey?

Hi Alan – Yes you are right!! We are busy changing our only “sunny” flower bed to become a “Veggie Patch”. Its very exciting 🙂

Hi Town Mouse – The Tomatos are planted in the only “sunny spot” I have in my garden. Because of all the trees and shade we got the Veggie Planter which I could position in sun. It doesn’t get all day sun unfortunately, but about 6 hours, so we will see.

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