Friday, May 22, 2009

Talk to Me (Gardening Edition)

So I need a little advice about what to plant at our house. I am not very knowledgeable on this stuff. Since we have a condo we have to do most of our planting of flowers/veggies/herbs in planters. Last year we tried tomatoes and basil but this year we wanted to expand to a few other items.

We got one of those Topsy Turvy Tomato planters for Christmas and will be trying that out and planting tomatoes in that this weekend. We also know that we want to plant basil and one other herb, maybe dill?, in another planter. But we have two other containers open. Both areas will pretty much get full sun. One is a large container and we would like to plant a vegetable in that. We are looking for something that likes sun and will grow well in a planter. The second planter is a hanging basket. I would like to put some pretty flowers in that one. I would say that the area the flowers will be in get full sun maybe 75% of the day….there is a little bit of shade. I wanted to know what flowers grow well in planters and deal with a good amount of sun and limited shade.

So what I am looking for:
1. An herb to grown in full sun with basil.
2. A Vegetable that will be in pretty much full sun (little bit of shade) and that will work well in a pretty large planter.
3. Flowers that work well in a hanging basket with a good amount of sun.

Also, if you have any other suggestions for growing items in containers, please share!!

FYI - favorite flowers of mine: I LOVE lilies of any kind though I know these are not for hanging baskets, love sweet peas, daisies, and any flower with lots of bright colors or that are interesting to look at.

So are you planting herbs, flowers, veggies this summer? What are YOU growing and what tips do you have to make your garden grow?!


  1. My mom lives on 3 acres and we are planting a HUGE garden this year. We will be doing lettuce, peppers, watermelon, tomatoes... etc. It's in full sun and all of those things do well. The only thing we have to do elsewhere are the strawberries. Since we get all of our eggs from her chickens, we'd also like to grow all of our own produce. (We're practicing for when we start our commune in Southern California) :) Louis doesn't know it, but he'll be a damn hippie yet.

  2. i have planted mint, basil, cilantro, squash, and various tomato plants.
    as far as advice, i have NO idea what to recommend. i just like mint for mojitoes and cilantro for cooking and salsa so those would be my herb recommendations.

  3. Hey lady. :)

    We're doing the planter thing this year also... since we are back to apartment life for now. We have a cherry tomato plant, a green pepper plant, and a jalapeno. We're doing some herbs too: basil, cilantro, thyme & sage. All seem to be doing well... we've used all the herbs and we have little green tomatoes. No peppers yet though.

  4. I don't know anything about gardens or gardening or what anything is called. I DO however, love that topsy turvy thing.