Patio Gardening 2010: Week 6 – Little Bean Pods!

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Summer hit yesterday with full force (it was 89F out when I took these pictures) and the plants are officially living outdoors full time. Last week I was pretty excited about that possibility since I was sick of lugging the pots in and out each day.

Hopefully they’ll survive the heat (it’s about 20 degrees warmer than it has been for the past few weeks). I make sure to check the plants regularly and water them when the soil is dry. I also plan to start fertilizing them this week.

Week 6 of our container gardening adventure has been exciting. Our beans started flowering on Tuesday, and then yesterday when I went out to take pictures, I noticed that we now have little baby bean pods growing. This is very exciting, especially since all the other plants are teeny tiny and have awhile until they start producing.



Last week we transplanted our wilting cucumbers. They seem to be doing much better in the milk jugs and I think they will make it.

We have a few unidentified plants cropping up in our window box (which is just supposed to be green onions and basil). I think some of it is oregano, but there’s one that doesn’t quite seem to be an herb:




(Sorry for the blurry picture) The boyfriend thinks it’s a tomato plant, and it very well may be, but it doesn’t look like our other cherry tomato seedlings, so I’m not sure what it is. Any thoughts?

We have 3 pots and two window boxes left to plant, and then I think we’ll finally be done. It’s so hot now that I don’t want to do the transplanting during the day, so hopefully we’ll find some time one of the evenings this week to get that done.

And here is the video for the week:


For those who are new, this year the boyfriend and I are doing a little container gardening experiment where we are trying to grow various herbs and vegetables on our patio. We live in the city of Chicago, so traditional gardening is out of the question. You can subscribe to the RSS feed to instantly receive the posts each week and also check out our previous posts. Feel free to subscribe to our Youtube channel as well.


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