I had a basil plant last summer, and I really enjoyed being able to pull off a few leaves whenever I wanted some fresh basil. I knew I wanted to do that again this year, and I also got some cilantro (which took two tries, but seems to be doing OK now). I’ve also added 5 cherry tomato plants from Paul — they were growing wild after an incident last summer which involved his planting way, way too many tomatoes to eat (or so I’m told).
The cherry tomatoes I finally repotted on Tuesday, after having returned from my weekend in Philadelphia to find them much larger than I expected. I had pulled the plants inside while I was gone, in hopes that they’d dry out more slowly, and that seemed to work pretty well. Except for the part where it didn’t deter the tomatoes’ growth. I had figured I’d repot them this weekend, but when I wound up leaving work at 3:30 I decided I’d try to take care of it then. I struck out on finding pots at Falkenhan’s (though I did discover that they sell city recycling bins!), but a woman at Village Flower Mart was kind enough to rummage around in the attic and find a couple of suitable plastic pots for me. I was so happy with my interaction with them, because she didn’t try to upsell me or anything — as soon as she understood what I was going to do with them, she said “oh, so you don’t want anything decorative, just the cheap plastic ones, right?” Right!
Now I’m thinking about what else I might add to my little garden. not that I have a whole lot of room left. I can do a couple more pots before I will a) have difficulty getting the bike out and b) run out of room for myself to sit out there. At some point I’ll get a thai pepper (scroll down to the tiny one) from one of my coworkers. Of course, at this time of year I might just want to keep an eye out at the farmer’s market to see if anyone is still bringing seedlings, and pick from what’s already started. I should probably start a list for next year — it’d be neat to do beans if I’m somewhere that would work. And I seem to recall reading somewhere that garlic will grow pretty much anywhere, so I might look into that.
Container gardening books seem to focus on herbs and then uber-large pots (like, the kind you put out in your yard, fill & plant in them, and never move because they’re way too heavy), so if anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear ’em.