Vegetable and Herb Garden Adventures

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A while ago my wife randomly thought about growing her own basil or a small herb garden. So I bought her a small AeroGarden to try it out. Unfortunately, the AeroGarden was only a limited success. It grew a little basil but not enough to really make it worth the time, cost, or energy. So I put the AeroGraden on Craigslist and upgraded the set up to some indoor grow lights. The light was about 4 ft and perfect for some long rectangular planters. This time it grew pretty well and there was plenty of basil for us but we still had problems, different problems. Bugs! We used soil under the lights and after a while these little flying gnats would come from somewhere. We didn’t know where they came from, maybe the soil, maybe the air, who knows. In any case, that plan didn’t seem like it was going to work out. So we upgraded again, this time to the backyard. So you may wonder why we didn’t do the backyard thing in the first place. Well it was winter when we started and the east coast weather temperatures didn’t allow for growth outside.
Now that it was summer the weather was good enough to move and plant everything outside. I brought in some fertile top soil, cornered off a small area and planted what we had from our inside grow planters. Finally Success! The plants took off with consistent watering, long summer daylight, and regular pruning. The only problem we did have was with birds or deer eating our strawberries. Oh well, I guess everything can’t be perfect. But at least we have a real garden now and with some trial and error it’s working out pretty well.
Currently, we grow: Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, Lavender, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Thai Chili, Red Chili, Jalapenos, Green and Red Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Parsley, Cilantro, Cucumber and strawberries (kinda of). I guess we went a little overboard but it’s nice to be able to grab your herbs and vegetables on the fly. In fact, the basil and herbs grow so fast that we can’t seem to give it away fast enough. So give it a try and if you start with a small pot then it should be inexpensive and rewarding.
Feel free to leave me a comment or question below, I would like to hear your thoughts.

Here you can see the belle peppers, thai chili, a ton of basil, and a glimpse of the tomato plant in the back.

Little Green Bell Peppers

Thai Chili Peppers – Very Hot!

Red Chili Pepper

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