How does your garden grow?

Blue-glazed strawberry jar with three side openings and one top opening, planted with strawberry plants

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?

There are no silver bells here (unless you count windchimes), and certainly no cockle shells or pretty maids, but there are several kinds of herbs and flowers. Memorial Day weekend updates:

  • Moved most strawberries from Home Depot buckets to a strawberry jar or individual terra cotta pots. Hoping this will foil the squirrels (does anything foil the squirrels?). Also, the strawberry jar is pretty – a gift from some friends who are moving away, leaving their rooftop garden behind.
  • Transplanted basil and small rose bush from plastic pots to terra cotta ones (extra terra cotta pots were gifts from same friends as above). I learned from my container gardening book that the roots of plants in plastic pots can heat up too much on hot sunny days.
  • Transplanted the grape hyacinth – which is pretty much done for the year, I think – into its own terra cotta pot, and replaced it with a new sage plant in the rectangular planter with the rosemary and chives.
  • Moved the roses and the calibrochoa from the back porch to the front; moved two mint plants from the front to the back; moved basil and kalanchoe from indoor windowsill to back porch.
  • Planted a cutting of mint for a co-worker. (Growing new mint plants from old ones is incredibly easy: take a cutting, place the stem in water for several days, and it starts growing roots; then you can plant it in soil and it should be off and running.)

I’m trying not to overdo it, but it’s easy to keep saying “just one more thing” and before you know it it’s been three hours. If I ever got raised beds I’d probably never come inside, so I’m sticking with containers for now. At least this afternoon was somewhat overcast, and I remembered to take breaks to drink water.

Basil in round pot, nasturtium and basil in rectangular planter, strawberries in new strawberry jar

Basil in round pot, nasturtium and basil in rectangular planter, strawberries in new strawberry jar

Thyme in rectangular planter, strawberry, mint, and thyme in raised pots, basil on right

Thyme in rectangular planter, strawberry, mint, and thyme in raised pots, basil on right

Mint, kalanchoe, basil, thyme

Mint, kalanchoe, basil, thyme

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