The seeds had been in the ground for 26 days at the time of these photographs. Everything has sprouted, at least a little anyway, and I'm pretty happy with the results so far.
Here you see the plant with the most rapid growth, my Sugar Snap Peas. They are almost long enough to begin to train onto the trellis behind them, and I bet it will only take a couple of days before they really take off.
I also have a second variety of pea. It's a traditional shelling pea called Lincoln "Homesteader". It's said to have a high rate of production and it seems as if it's doing pretty well in a container.
I love how fat and round the leaves are, and especially how dense along the vine they grow. High hopes, high hopes!
The Little Fingers Carrots are doing pretty well too! These carrots are only supposed to get to be a few inches long, and can be harvested early for mini gourmet carrots too. I'm looking forward to seeing how they do.
Our cats adore fresh catnip, so I always grow some for them. So far, they're a little behind everything else, but have begun to break ground in the past few days. I have two more containers this size started, but at the time of the photos none had sprouted. They are doing well now though, a few days later.
Sage seedlings are already fuzzy! Isn't that great? They are light blue-green and adorable. I've never grown sage before, so I'm looking forward to the addition to the herb and spice family.
A few of the herbs have been late bloomers, and the Thyme is certainly one of them. These sprouts came up the day before I took the picture, so I was starting to be a bit worried. I felt much better when they showed their green little faces to the world, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.
Cilantro is without a doubt high on my list of favorite herbs. These sprouts were among the first to show past their first set of leaves and are showing a lot of promise. Good thing too, the sooner it's ready to eat the better!
Chives have the perfect amount of onion flavor for me. I love having them fresh for topping soups and potatoes, and adding to meats and pasta. They've got a good start, but I hope they have enough time to get hearty before the temperature heats up too much.
When my friend and I were planting the seeds, I was trying to show her how tiny the oregano seeds were when the wind caught the little bag in my hand. The seeds were not much bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. I was worried that since most of them were caught and lost in the wind that I wouldn't get a good response, but as you can see here I've had quite a few sprouts come up for light. Yay!
I love basil so much that I planted an entire window box and a small tin full. I hope they come up with abundance, because we use a lot of fresh basil and it's rather expensive at the store. When we buy bunches of herbs, we seldom use all of it, so a lot of it goes to waste. With fresh growing basil, I can pull just the large leaves and allow the small leaves to fill in. I also only use what I need, so the rest does not go to waste. Economical, fresh, and delicious.
We've learned to use tomatillo in our cooking over the past few years, so when I saw the purple tomatillo on the Victory Seeds website, I had to order a packet of seeds. They're a little behind the tomato plants, but they've shown some sprouts over the past few days. I'm sure that they'll catch up, and I'm looking forward to seeing how purple they really get.
These Orange Tree orange tomato plants are said to be round, firm, and slightly tangy. Heirloom tomato plants completely intrigue me, and I hope that these will produce well.
Another heirloom tomato plant, the Brandywine Yellow tomato sprouts are really thriving. Some of the first seeds to sprout, I'm confident that these will be in good condition by the time the heat sets in.
The final heirloom tomato variety I am growing is Pink Accordion tomato. The flesh of these fruit are light red, and grow with ridges on the outside.
Here you have it, what seems to be the successful start of my little happy container garden. I'll update soon, as the plants continue to grow and grow! Wish me luck!