GG’s Patio Garden 2015

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Gardening this past year has been a real joy and an experience. I have never to this degree attempted so much and achieved as much or greater than I anticipated. There are reasons why this idea would not be successful, but in my mind there were as many reasons if not more that it would be successful. There were many challenges but those challenges just seem to encourage me more. Let me explain the tool and supplies I used.

5 gal buckets, old shelving, table, patio greenhouse from Christmas Tree Shop, assorted planters, watering tools, spade, troll, small shovel, shears, gardening gloves, organic plant soil, fertilizer, seeds, seedlings or starter plants and lots of interest.

Plants:
Cabbage, Kale, Collards, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Peppers (sweet and hot),Cucumbers, Bush String beans, Beets, Eggplant, Strawberries, Basil, Chives, Thyme.

The Patio Greenhouse was very helpful with the seedlings / starter plants and herbs. It provided a safe place for the tiny plants to mature without getting sunburn. The greenhouse held in moisture, keeping the plants moist during the hottest days of the summer in-between watering. Watering is a tricky thing when you live in an apartment that does not have an outside spigot on the patio. My improvisation was to acquire numerous gallon water jugs and keep them ready for the next watering. In the beginning I would keep at least 4 jugs always in the ready, but as the plants grew I acquired four more; in order so the plants could be adequately watered without my having to make additional trips to the kitchen sink.

Progress was exciting and contagious.
More to come with pictures and recipes of how I used my garden bounty, even some pictures of GG’s Garden Helpers.