I’m honestly not even sure where to start with this garden post, since I haven’t done a great job of documenting it here all along. I know I’ve mentioned it a lot the last few months.

To start off I’d like to say that this garden would not have been a thing if it weren’t for Jess at Roots & Refuge Farm and her Youtube channel. I started watching her about a year and half ago, I think it was when another Youtuber/Blogger friend, Constance from Cosmopolitan Cornbread mentioned her.

Jess and her hubby who she lovingly calls ‘Sweet Miah’ have such a joy about them. Jess’s love of her garden, and homestead or farm is just contagious. She makes you want to try gardening all the while teaching you so much about the garden. Her love of heirloom seeds is also quite contagious. So in January, I decided I was going to try some container gardening. I watched several of her videos where she talked about all her favorite varieties of seeds. Now Jess loves eating and growing tomatoes and while I’m not a huge tomato fan she had me wanting to grow ALL the varieties of tomatoes! So here I am growing 5 different kinds of tomatoes and actually enjoying the ones I’ve been able to harvest so far. Yeah, so I watch several of Jess’s videos each day; I watch her newest video that she posts each day along with a few of her older videos as she’s been posting for several years.

In February I ordered seeds (all heirloom, I believe) from Baker Creek and MIgardener. Baker Creek has lots of seeds you can’t really find anywhere else and I like MIgardener because they have a great Youtube channel, where I’ve learned lots, as well as the fact most of their seeds are 99ยข a packet.

The reason I wanted to start from seed and not just buy them at the store is because you can’t find all the heirloom varieties at the store. I was also up for the challenge.

For this post, I’m going to kind of show some overall progression pictures and talk a little about the garden in general. I think I’m going to write a few more posts about more specifics.

February 27 Planted seeds

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March 20 Here’s all the baby sprouts not quite a month after I planted them.

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I had the seedlings outside because most of my seeds actually germinated and I couldn’t bring myself to thin them out by cutting some. You should only end up with 1 plant per cube and most of mine had multiple seedlings in each cube. So instead I replanted them into Solo cups that had holes drilled on the bottom.

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April 27 Here’s a good picture of the grow bags, I planted most everything in. They are from 247 Garden. I can say they have worked well and are holding up quite nicely. Great for the price!

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My garden is a Potager style, which means I grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Flowers add beauty and help bring in pollinators. These are Cosmos from a free packet that came on some granola bars.

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I love the Nasturiums. They’re beautiful, editable, and are great compantion plants for Brassicas, cucumbers, melons, radishes, and tomatoes because they deter whiteflies, cucumber beetles, squash beetles, Colorado potato beetles, and Mexican bean beetles.

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May 11

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Found this little due in a stack of pots.

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May 14 I planted seeds for different types of lettuces and spinach in a bag of potting soil. These were planted end of March.

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May 20

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June 7

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June 10 Radishes ready to be pulled.

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July 10

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I purchased this beautiful Strobilanthes from Lowe’s. I did not grow this from seed,

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June 28

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French Dressing Radishes that I planted from seed back in May (I believe it was) and harvested.

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Variegated Oregano that I purchased from our local Ace; did not start from seed.

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One of my garden helpers, who clearly has her priorities on the Catnip, which came back from last year.

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My very first almost ripe tomatoes (besides cherry tomatoes). This is called Chernobyl. I was just outside and really looked closely at this plant. It looks like somehow this tomato plant got topped, which means halts the upward growth and for a tomato plant usually means it won’t produce anymore flowers = no more tomatoes. ๐Ÿ™

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Beautiful tomatoes of the rainbow. These are Sweeties.

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Bugs in the Garden
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These Tiny Tim are really pretty how they grow in bunches.

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July 29

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That Dr. Wyche’s Yellow Tomato is blushing and will be ready to pick soon! And look at the Basil that I have growing in the same pot as the tomatoes. My Basil is so tall. I haven’t done a great job of keeping them pruned to increase the bushiness. Instead they’ve grown in height.

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Marigold are all so unique and remind me of my Grandmother. They are also great companions that enhances the growth of basil, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. Marigold also makes a good companion plant to melons because it deters beetles. I’m not growing any melons this year, but hope to try growing some next year!

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This sums up what how my garden has progressed!

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Here is a list of everything that I grew this summer.
Lettuces
-Bibb Butterhead
-Black Seeded Simpson
-Freckles Romaine
-Little Gem Butterhead
-Lolla Rossa Leaf
-Red Romaine
-Super Red Romaine

Spinach
-Bloomsdale Long Standing
-Spinach, Giant Nobel
-Spinach, Red Malabar
-Spinach, Strawberry
-Spinach, Viroflay

Other Greens
-Vit Mache

Herbs
-Calypso Cilantro
-Lemon Balm
-Papalo
-Dark Green Flat Leaf Parsley

Basil
-Italian Large Leaf
-Cinnamon
-Dwarf Greek
-Genovese
-Lime
-Purple Ruffles
-Spicy Globe

Squash
-Zucchini Fordhook

Flowers
-Wild Bergamot “Bee Balm”
-Sensation Mix Cosmos
-Iceland’s Finest Poppy
-Best Mixed Colors Marigold
-Fordhook Favorites Mixed Colors Nasturium

Tomatoes
-Chernobyl
-Paul Robeson
-Sweetie
-Tiny Tim
-Dr. Wyche’s Yellow

Peppers
-Chinese Five Color
-Chocolate Beauty (Sweet Bell)
-Cubanelle
-Golden Cal Wonder (Sweet Bell)
-Jimmy Nardello (Sweet)
-Purple Beauty (Sweet Bell)
-Shishito

Radishes
-French Dressing

With that, I think I’m going to wrap up this post. I plan to share more about my summer garden more often, especially as some of my plant’s seasons will be finishing up here in the next month or so.

Do you garden? If not I recommend watching a little of Roots and Refuge. Jess will have you wanting to at least plant something next year or maybe even for Fall!

If you would like to see more pics of my garden>>>>My Lil’ Container Garden- Summer 2020