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Last year, one of the bigger garden projects was that we put in four 4’x4′ “squarefoot” gardens. They covered over where the old septic tank used to be and make that space usable for crops. (it was solid clay and gravel so even grass had a hard time surviving in it)

I’m still getting the hang of how to make them work the best way for us but so far, they have been productive, even if I heavily over-planted them last year.

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For this season, I started early and put in the first round of peas in mid April. One batch was our regular sugar snaps and the other was a new one called a grey dwarf that is also supposed to make edible pods. Just this week, both started putting out their flowers and I was pleasantly surprisedĀ  at the pretty flowers from the new pea. All the other edible ones I’ve ever grown just had white flowers but these are right up there with most of the sweet peas for the beauty of the flowers. I’m hopeful that the pods will be tasty, but even if they aren’t, I may let a few go to seed since I wouldn’t mind growing these as an ornamental!

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I did my teapot garden as usual this year, but played it safe in terms of what went in.

borage in teapot planter, June 2012

Most are the mini roses and two other types of flowers. (the petunias are doing especially well) I’ve developed a pretty good idea by now about what works, but the kind of weather we get plays a part. I decided to gamble a bit that it will be hot and fairly dry. Even with that as the plan, I couldn’t resist going for a few more experiments. The biggest one was to see if I could get borage to work in a pot. I’d had some last year, on the other side of the house, and they self seeded so I had three seedlings. Two got left, to make sure we had some that would succeed. The third went into my biggest pot. It’s been a bit of a water hog, but otherwise has done well and has already started to flower. We don’t tend to do much with the flowers, aside from adding them to salads for a bit of colour, but they are a pretty plant.

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