My original GrowBox setup

Original GrowBox arrangement

This is how my original container garden looked in April of 2010.

1″ x 12″ wide lumber atop two concrete blocks formed the shelves for the containers.  This was to foil the bunnies that ate my ground-based container veggies the year before.  The bunnies have been thwarted, but the squirrels and canyon rats just laugh at me, since they’re great at climbing and jumping.)

Beets appear in the left-most container, carefully poking out of the mulch sheet.  The red mulch sheet is for tomoatoes, and you can see a staking kit for tomatoes on the far right-side box.

Things were much simpler then, but it was a good small learning experience.  Those  beets were great, too!

On the left, you see the dwarf peach tree, whose blossoms appear elsewhere in this blog.  Years ago, when our son, Robert, was young, he’d use a wiffle bat to line-drive those little peaches into fence.  Natural T-Ball!  (It was funny, in retrospect.  At the time, I wasn’t amused.  ;^)  )

By the way, most pictures you see in these articles are shrunken versions of larger photos.  To see the original size, just click the photo.

Stealthy Brussels Sprouting

Munched brocolli

I’ve had some challenges with the brassica family of plants, specifically broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It seems the birds are bigger fans of these plants than I am, and more diligent visitors to the planters. The canyon rats got into my fall planting of brocolli, and left me with this munched box of brocolli.

I also planted Brussels sprouts last fall, and they may still do OK. So far, the birds like the leaves, but the sprouts themselves are untouched. They’re growing stealthily under the cover of the leaf canopy.

Brussels sprouts, hiding from the birds

They should be ready to harvest pretty soon, and we’ll see how much we get from the four plants we have here.

Next fall, I’ll plant more of these and keep them under a floating row cover, to filter out the bugs that like them.

Grow, grow, ripen, ripen

a future treat in the making

Each evening, I browse through my garden, checking for the twilight invaders (squirrels and rats and snails, oh, my!) I also take that time to do a little cheerleading, chanting “grow, grow, ripen, ripen” as I go.

Here’s one beauty of a tomato that’s trying to ripen, although his plant sort of fell over and is shaded most of the time.

I call this guy “Potential!”

Peaches in winter?

Confused peach blossom

I have a small peach tree in my garden area. Since it’s winter, and peach trees are deciduous, my peach tree has not one leaf on it. This didn’t dissuade my tree from popping out dozens of blossoms in the 80° weather we’ve had lately. The tree is totally incapable of photosynthesis, without leaves, but it still wants to bloom.

I’m hoping that it will bloom out again in the spring, when the blossoms have a chance to become real fruit!