I sure am glad that warm temperatures have finally arrived. After weeks of the plants not doing much at all, they are finally beginning to take off - especially those that are planted in swp's/swc's. Anyway, I wanted to show you some of the best performers, and share a little info about each.
Photo below - here's a congo watermelon in an 18 gal. swc. I've got a total of 2 in there, but the other one is just a little bit smaller. Of course the container has my 6:3:1 mix in it, and also a liberal amount of Osmocote for fertilization. So far it's doing pretty well, but there's still a long way to go, yet.
Photo below - Here's the Atkinson? Rutgers? plant that was aquired from the county extension office a while back. Although kinda difficult to see, it's doing quite well in the swp constructed from a single 5 gallon bucket. Hopefully, i'll be able to tell what kind it is when fruit forms, but for now am still guessing...
Photo below - Look at this little stinker in a swp constructed from 2 cat litter buckets. It's a jelly bean tomato, and has "Bio-tone" inside as it's fertilizer. Austin and I love eating these little tomatoes, and I hope they will still be in season during the fall, when the lettuce starts to come in. That would certainly make for a very fulfilling harvest.
Photo below - I saved the best for last - as the corn continues to have excellent growth. Although other swc gardeners have very similar setups on the internet - these are being grown with my soil mixture, wicking basket arrangement, and also fertilizer of choice. I am very pleased with the results so far.
In other news, i've lost one cucumber plant growing in a swp, because I disturbed it's roots too much while mixing a little bit of fertilizer in the soil around it. Oh well....it wasn't doing that good anyway.
Also, I have created a link on the right side of the page that is a shortcut to an entire page of videos on understanding and caring for your home air conditioning unit. A total of 8 videos are on there so far, and will become active sometime later in the week. I hope you enjoy them, and feel free to ask any questions that you might have.
Take care, and happy gardening!