|Garden 2011 photo: LAM|
This year I'm root watering my tomatoes. I'm experimenting. Two tomato plants are in containers on the porch where they get more sun. Three plants are in the ground with the root watering system. The idea is that with some PVC pipe, I water the soil beneath the tomato plants, this way the roots grow down to a safe place where they will not be so affected by surface environmental factors.
|million bells mix photo:LAM|
Last year I bought a beautiful hanging basket of "million bells," a dwarf wave petunia. I paid at least $22. This year I planned to purchase individual pots and make my own hanging basket. Here's the truth: I spent just as much or more and they don't look as good. My advice is just bite the bullet and spend the money on the hanging basket that the experts at the nursery have put together for you.
The biggest pest so far is what i believe to be a weasily little squirrel. Eating the marigolds, eating the basil, taking bites out of the tomato plants. Most of the garden is covered with a net now to keep him/her/them away. More on that later.