I’m starting a potted garden, because pots provide me the ability to move the plants around to provide them the best possible growth. I can shift my pepper plants when they get leaf sun burn, I can provide more sunlight for my lime tree, and I can easily expand the root space they need by switching around pots. Plus, I may expand my variety of plants if I have luck with my current plants.
Sorry for the dog detour, onto the plants…
Variegated lemon, a unique pink fleshed lemon.
When it grows in a fruit cycle of 4 – 5 years, eventually the lemons should look like this:
How cool is that lemon? A similar tart taste, with a sweetness as it matures. This purchase was a happy mistake at Kmart (yes, Kmart alive and well). I was rooting for your basic garden variety of tasties, and grabbed what I thought was a regular lemon tree.
Since my research shows that this plant takes a while to grow, this one may be coming back with me wherever we move next!
Poblano peppers pop up in many latino dishes I like to make, such as this roasted poblano and tomatillo salsa
Green bell pepper
It looks pretty similar to my poblano, but the green bell pepper seems to have a thicker stem in healthier shape. Prayers for my poblano to shape up – or better yet, that I shape up as a gardener!
You can see the sun burnt edges of the green bell pepper’s leaf – he has moved from the balcony box, see above, and onto the floor of the balcony.
The basil plant and tomatoes like to grow together, as the basil plant helps ward off common mites that destroy tomato plants. Plant together when possible.
These buddies will need a bigger pot soon, as I’ve read that tomatoes like a 5 gallon nursery pot.
Cherry tomato on the right. Honestly, I can’t remember if I bought the hardy warm weather tomato, or a cherry tomato plant. I’ll find out once the tomatoes start to grow, and I get either a little tomato or a big one!
Don’t judge me harshly – I assumed each plant had the little tag in the pot, but came home to find that Kmart rounded a few corners in their garden department! I’ll cut them a break, considering they were the only garden nursery within a half hour of me.
I picked up a lime tree at a local nursery, the edible plant they seemed to offer. At Key Lime Products, I chatted up the local owners, who were incredibly friendly and picked out for me the best looking healthy lime shrub.
I’m hoping to find more garden nurseries out here, so I can support local owners.
The lime tree is growing profusely, and has accepted a little critter guest. I web searched whether I should cut off this spider egg and momma I found in the plant, but spiders are natural pest control. He’s going to stay.