I love gardening. I’m not an expert, by any stretch of the imagination, but I have learned some things through trial and error, over a few years gardening.
My husband and I have planted a large vegetable garden for the past 7 years. We usually grow a little salsa garden, filled with tomatoes, green chili, bell peppers, and jalapenos. Our salsa garden has never disappointed. Our plants get big and produce lots of vegetation, although we have had a few years where our tomatoes didn’t produce, due to drought. I love herbs, so I have tried a potted plants of different herbs. My potted plants have never done well.
In the past, we have tried a large tilled garden with a drip system. It worked fine, but was a lot of work and weeding. Last year, my husband had the brilliant idea to take some old worn-out excavator tires, lay them on their side, and fill them with soil/sand mixture. Instant raised vegetable beds. This has saved me hours of weeding. The garden is very contained and extremely manageable. We used the raised vegetable beds again this year and have had great success so far!
I have potted my herbs in the past, but last year I smuggled a Basil plant into the raised beds when my husband wasn’t looking.
And the results… WOW!
The plant was huge, healthy and a hundred times better than my failed potted plants attempt. So this year, I planted basil, rosemary and chives in the ground, and they are all doing spectacularly well.
When I initially purchased my plants, I had too many to fit into our raised beds, so some were put into pots out of necessity. Today I was looking at the potted vegetation and I was amazed at the difference from their planted counter-parts.
I did some side-by-side comparisons so you could see too.
Here is some basil that I plated in a pot, and the right I planted in the ground.
Here are my potted and planted peppers:
I don’t know how scientific this experiment is, but I can certainly tell a tremendous difference.
For years I thought I had a black thumb when it came to herbs... now I know I just needed to put them in the ground.
What has been your experience with potted plants or planting in the ground?
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