Last summer, I grew my cucumbers and beans in my raised bed. The cucumbers started off strong, but ended up succumbing to powdery mildew. And the beans–well, there was pretty much nothing left on the leaves after the beetles were done with them.
This year, I’m growing some beans and one cucumber plant in the garden, but I’m also growing 8 bean plants and 2 cucumbers in containers on the screened porch. Each container is about 12 inches in circumference and about 12 inches deep too; I’m growing 4 bean plants in 2 pots (Dragon Tongue Bush Beans and Beurre De Rocquencourt Bush Wax Beans), while the cucumber plants (Dragon’s Egg Cucumbers) each have their own. I figured that the screen would keep the insects away from the beans and that the cucumbers would be less likely to get powdery mildew if they’re not crowded together on a trellis with the melons and squash.
As you can see in the first photo, the bean plants have flowered and are starting to produce some wee little bean babies. I was right in that the beans on the porch are faring much better than the ones outside. But…
The cucumbers are doing well. I tied together 3 poles to form a teepee that the vines can climb. In all 4 containers, I’ve used an organic soil specifically designed for container gardening and I’m fertilizing the cucumbers monthly. So far, I’m happy with the decision to use containers with these and I’m thinking that next year, I might grow all my beans in pots. Because this is what’s happening to the bean plants I have outside:
Something is really enjoying my Holstein Cowpeas.
As for everything else?
Trying to grow Astro Arugula for the fourth time.
My Tondo Scuro De Piacenza Squash seedlings died on me twice, so this time I threw down a bunch of seeds and hoped for the best. I’m not thinning them until I’m sure they’ll survive!
White Scallop Squash! I hope I get a lot of these because I have some recipe ideas already. I guess that falls under the category of counting your chickens before they hatch?
Although something ate two of my Little Finger Eggplant seedlings, the ones that survived are looking nice and healthy.
Christmas Lima Beans climbing the trellis.
How has your garden been doing? Have you gotten any vegetables yet? And are you growing anything in containers this year?