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Patio Gardening Update July 2010

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Here is a link to my patio update. I grow everything in pots or containers of some sort. If you look back to my update of August 2009 you will see a vast difference to the plants I have now. The plants I am looking most forward to seeing come into flower are the Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’. I had thought they were regular sunflowers but research shows they are not. The flowers are said to be red or orange and resemble dahlias. I am hoping without the earwigs. Dahlias are renowned for them.

If I had a proper garden I am sure most of the vegetables and expecially the strawberries would be being enjoyed by now but with containers, it seems, it takes longer for them to grow. Perhaps I don’t have enough light or sun in various areas of my patio. Still, better late than never and I have already dug up the peas I planted and had a plateful of those. That single plateful came from 9 plants. I left the roots in the compost for a supply of nitrogen which will benefit the tomatoes that have taken their place.

I will stop at nothing to try to plant in containers, because that is all I have and if I want a tree, no matter the size I will try to grow it. My conference pear tree was definitely not going to be left behind at college. I proudly carried it home after grafting it there and you can see it is doing really well. It will be repotted next year. The first fruit should be arriving in two years time.

Variety, whether in containers or in a garden, is important in disease resistance and different insects are attracted. This is good because there are beneficial insects that eat the baddies and it’s a great idea to have plants that will bring the beneficial ones in.

Container gardening is expensive but if that is not offputting it can become cheaper as you become more familiar with propagation techniques: free plants are even tastier than bought seeds! Only because they are free of course. I look forward to posting another update later in the year. I have already added a sweet pepper plant since filming. Thank you for watching.

-- Desktopgem



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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-20-2010 05:25 PM

I love your garden!!! You have such variety and you never know what is going to be around the corner. I love it :)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 07-20-2010 05:29 PM

Hello MsDebbieP, I tried to link this project to Facebook but it hasn’t gone on there. Is there a problem. Glad you like it! Thank you.

-- Desktopgem

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MsDebbieP

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-20-2010 05:47 PM

hmmm I think it should show up immediately…. I’ll have to ask Martin for specifics.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Penny

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 07-21-2010 06:03 AM

Very nice.

-- Gardening is Great Therapy!!.....Georgian Bay area....zone 5b

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jroot

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-21-2010 09:05 AM

Wonderful gardens. Containers certainly do work for you. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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hardiness zone 5a

posted 07-21-2010 09:17 AM

Nice to see that you can be a gardener even when you have to plant only in containers.Nice job.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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