Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Looking forward to the 2016 growing season

Now that Christmas is over and we have snow on the ground I am starting the process of figuring out what we want for the backyard this year. I figure on the following:
  • Geraniums on the top of the fence.  Nice colour and greenery.
  • Sedums in the boxes.  If they survive winter they make nice green cover and in the autumn nice pinkish coloured flowers.
  • Rosemary if it survives the winter here in the house.  Right now it looks a bit stressed due to the dry air, but, I hope it survives.
  • Sage, savoury, thyme, basil, oregano.  Basic spices for when I cook.  They are also easy to dry and bottle.
  • Sweet peppers.  They did quite well the past season in a 2x2 box as long as they got a good watering every day.  Peat moss mixed in with the standard potting soil helped retain water.
  • Snapdragons.  The wife loves the colours and they last fairly long.  This time though I will mix in peat moss as the boxes did trend to dry out as they were in the sun all day long.
  • Impatiens for part of the fence line that is shaded most of the day.
Along the fence line on the ground we are looking for shade tolerant plants as they don't get much sun during the day.

For the remaining planters we may put in a tomato plant (hopefully this year they don't rot out).  I have to do research to see if Brussel sprouts, brocolli and cauliflower can be planted in 2x2 boxes.  I would like to see if this is possible as the price of fresh vegetables this year is a bit insane and growing some fresh vegetables would be nice.

The remaining boxes (about six) will be for the wife and I suspect she will want something very colorful and long blooming so she has a nice oasis in the back yard.

One last thing I want to research is a watering system.  I see Lee Valley has some items that will allow me to fill a water container and then drip irrigate my plants.  This may be a real help on the hot sunny days where we can make sure our more important planters don't dry out.

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