Thought I'd give you a quick update on the status of my little deck container garden. As you can see, the cherry tomato plant is thriving & quite prolific with fruits. I've had at least 2 ripe daily for the last week or so, so we've been getting creative coming up with recipes to incorporate them along with our fresh herbs.
My flowers are blooming strong as well- the Marigolds are doing their insect repellant job (or so I think) and I've cut back my Phlox each time the blooms wither & more grow in. It's a nice pop of color next to all of the green.
The favorite herb hands down is our basil- we use it sometimes daily. I've grown accustomed to making a caprese salad several times a week, and the only pizza we eat is margarita. I've already said this, but I'll say it again- I plan to pot about 3-5 plants next year to try and make pesto from our own plants. I've been buying bundles at the farmer's market to make pesto to freeze, but it would be cooler to say it's from our own basil, no?
It's also been nice to get the occasional jalepeno. Next year I might plant a couple of these in a bigger pot also to see if I can't grow enough to make salsa to can.
Spot the cute little critter in there? It's nice to see a bit of nature that I don't usually get to see in the city out there. I found this little guy one day while tending to my poor Dahlia, which has since completely died along with my cilantro. I heard cilantro dies after it seeds, so you should trim the flowers. I did pretty good keeping up with this for a while, but then over vacation I just let it go. Next year I plan to plant mint instead as that's one herb I find myself missing this year! As for the Dahlia, I think I over watered it and it got root rot. Lesson learned!
Question- For those of you that have gardens out there, what have been your favorite plants this season?