“Pot” garden expansion


Yes, we joke and call our container garden our “pot” garden. But, hey, it is doing WELL!


We started with this…


And had to expand to this interim size….


I plant too thickly and have to transplant. My theory is that if I just plant a few seeds, they won’t germinate. If I plant the whole packet in one pot, my pot will runneth over.

I still haven’t thinned out MOST of this. I really only transplanted the basil, zucchini, and kohlrabi.

Basil earned three new pots (and is still technically too thick… but it also too small for me to be a good transplanter)

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The zucchini, on the other hand, took over several pots and are growing strong. I went from one clump of 6 plants, to 4 pots.. some with one, some with two. I figured even if they are a little crowded, we’re still going to have more zucchinis than we know what to do with when they start coming.

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Things also seem to be doing quite well in my shoe organizer turned planter.


This as taken with the camera held way over my head… not a bad job if I do say so myself! :) It’s also the only way I can tell if anything is sprouting in the top level!

When I first planted this, I watered it nightly. Then, I started backing off a little to every other evening. We’ve had about a week of DOWNPOURS daily, so I was given a break and it is doing great! I worried that it was raining so hard that it would break things off, but everything (even my cilantro!) is doing well.

Starting at the bottom, I have mixed lettuce, basil, kale, cilantro, romaine lettuce. Each type was given an entire row. The bottom row was the only row where I planted an entire seed packet in the 4. It is VERY THICK. I think once it gets a little bigger that I’ll pull them out and divide them up. I’m not sure how well it will do so crowded. Again, I needed some restraint and needed to follow the directions. (I did neither)

Hopefully, next year when I’m planning our pot garden, I’ll read this for reference and will take my own advice…


we’ll see….


  1. Shannon! I love your pot garden! (well, as gardens go, anyway) I am NOT a gardener, cause I don't eat the good stuff that one grows in a garden. :(
    Does chocolate ice cream grow in a garden? nuff said!
    The shoe garden?! fabulous!
    way to go girl!

  2. The shoe garden is a wonderful idea!! As you "thin" your mixed lettuce you could just eat it. That is how we have always thinned our lettuce mixes and if you bought it at the store that way you would be paying good money!

    Enjoy your garden! And have a wonderful week!

  3. Shannon,Hi I tried to respond to your email about winning the tickets I just wanted to make sure that you recieved it.
    I like the SHOE GARDEN idea,great for people who live in apartments or dont have room to garden.



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