My 2018 Michigan Container Garden

Some know I moved from my 1 acre home with lots of flower/veggie/herb beds, trees and shrubs.  I am now gardening in containers on my small deck attached to my condo which is not quite the same but still enjoyable. One thing for sure there is a lot less work!

My garden so far includes edible flowers: pansies and violas, blue boys, 2 kinds of mini marigolds, 2 kinds of nasturtiums; herbs: dill, parsley, 2 kinds of thyme, 2 kinds of basil (including Thai),  oregano, mint, 2 kinds of sage, tarragon, rosemary, chives; veggies: 2 kinds of lettuce, Thai Dragon and Jalapeno peppers. I might have to get a cherry tomato plant to make my garden complete! These all do great in containers so there is no excuse not to have a garden no matter how small your space.

As soon as I started to pot up my herbs, lettuce, pansies and violas I had visitors coming to check things out. Here are the first to visit my container garden…  As the season goes along I hope to add many more pictures of my Michigan garden in containers.

A small bumblebee enjoying my violas amongst my lettuce…

A bee or a wasp – I did try to identify it in my reference books… Maybe a yellow jacket?

Some recently potted plants that I grew from  seed and those that I bought or grew under gro-lights…

I love these containers (not fond of plastic but they fit perfectly on my railing)… I bought four so I will be able to add more of a variety of plants and get the most out of my deck space.

May 31, 2018 – Time to harvest some of those beautiful leaves for dinner tonight…

June 1st -Peek-A-Boo – this little tree frog loves the coolness of my lettuce, soil and shade.

Peek-A-Boo – back in my lettuce – he probably thinks I don’t see him!

Actually, this was my first visitor that I captured on my camera; a wasp interested in my lunch! Zingerman Deli Pot Pies post yet to come… I did not know this little guy was in the picture!

Wasps aren’t the best pollinators but they still are pretty to look at – from a distance! Notice the pretty markings on him…

I knew “someone” was stealing the fibers from my coco fiber basket… to build their nest… Don’t you just love robins!

A male cardinal came to visit…

This chickadee was probably building a nest too…

Edible Flowers add a nice pop of color to my recipes…

May 31st – My dill plant is full of 3/8-inch caterpillars! It was hard to focus on the little guys as they were so small… Those little black specs are very tiny caterpillars. 

This little guy is only 3/8-inches long!!! He’ll be much prettier as a butterfly… This picture was taken at 4:00 p.m on a very sunny day.

June 4th – Changing colors and getting bigger – they are voracious eaters. I wish I could have captured him “chomping” away on my dill!

 

June 10th – They totally ate the dill plant so I placed some parsley plants around for them to eat. You can see they are enjoying it   🙂 

Unfortunately, the plant stems are too weak to hold these “fat” caterpillars so I had to transfer them to my Italian parsley plant which is quite big with lots of yummy leaves.

Transfer was a success and they are enjoying all these lovely leaves. I wasn’t sure how they would adapt from dill to parsley but they did just fine. Looks like 5 are going strong…

June 13th – Only two of the caterpillars are left – either the rest were eaten or they are off becoming pupae.

June 5th – Male Baltimore Orioles and Male Yellow Finches have come to my garden – alas my camera was not ready! I could put up feeders for both but then it also attracts other visitors. Bees love the sugar water and raccoons love finch seed!!!

June 8th – A Swallowtail butterfly looking for a place to lay her eggs…

June 15 – My grape tomato plant…

July 4th – My grape tomatoes are starting to turn red!

July 14th – had my first grape tomatoes on a tossed salad. There are lots of these pretty beauties!

July 18th – A new visitor and he didn’t mind me getting up real close to get his picture!

22 thoughts on “My 2018 Michigan Container Garden

  1. Beautiful. I’m kind of jealous. I like gardening enough, but when it gets hot, like yesterday when it was 96, I have a hard time being out for a few hours. Sometimes I fantasize about having a patio home!

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  2. You have a beautiful garden and I love the pictures of your visitors. I’ve been hanging the combed out fur from the dogs on a shrub outside my window and watching the birds take it for nesting material. You can stay connected to nature with even a few growing things. Come late summer I will be envious of the easy care you have.

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    • Thanks Liz – nothing compared to what I use to have – like your yard now with all the perennials. Except I use to grow a bunch of veggies too. Gene has been gone 9 years so it was time for me to get something more manageable… Your dogs have beautiful fur and I am sure the birds loved to build their nests with it.

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    • Thanks Diann – I have been gardening a long time and no matter what the size I always enjoy it. I don’t miss all of the physical work with a big garden but the personal satisfaction of seeing my veggies/flowers/herbs thrive!

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  3. It felt like I was reading my own story on your gardening post Judi. We too downsized from that acre lot to a much smaller lot. We do have flower beds all around, but I have also started container gardening, mostly flowers though. I love your selection and can’t wait for you to post more gardening posts. Great job!

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    • Hi and thanks Loretta – yes, my gardening has scaled down quite a bit. I have a nice front yard but it is full of trees, shrubs and a few perennials. Because I am renting this condo I am not putting any money into it. The sides of all the condos are just grass and the back is all Association grounds so I just let them do their thing. I can enjoy my deck with containers…

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