Snappy Spring

When Spring comes, she doesn’t mess around!

The Red Baron Peach already has little peaches!

The Red Baron Peach already has little peaches!

The Gold Kist Apricot seems to be happy, with cute, heart-shaped leaves filling in.

The Gold Kist Apricot seems to be happy, with cute, heart-shaped leaves filling in.

Apricot close-up.

Apricot close-up.

Even the red Thompson seedless grape is leafing out.  I seriously had my doubts whether it was even still alive up until a few weeks ago.  "Patience, my dear," whispers the garden.

Even the red Thompson seedless grape is leafing out. I seriously had my doubts whether it was even still alive up until a few weeks ago. “Patience, my dear,” whispers the garden.

Loose leaf lettuce seedlings in a pot.  The mice and snails haven't seen them (yet!).

Loose leaf lettuce seedlings in a pot. The mice and snails haven’t seen them (yet!).

I transplanted all of my Rattlesnake and Alabama #1 green bean seedlings yesterday.

I transplanted all of my Rattlesnake and Alabama #1 green bean seedlings yesterday.  I have 18 green bean plants in all.  I’m seeing green bean casseroles in my future.

The following is an interesting comparison:

About a month ago I bought a few nematode resistant tomato starts at my local big box store (these are harder to find at real nurseries.  Weird, I know).  I bought them at the same size and planted them out on the same day.  The first photo is Park’s Whopper and the second is Celebrity.

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Quite a bit different, right?  Park’s Whopper has BARELY grown, while Celebrity has taken off like a weed.  The overall health, color, size and vigor of Celebrity surpasses Park’s Whopper by a long shot.  The difference?  Celebrity is in a grow pot.

Now, I know all the nay sayers will think, “The ground soil is not as good as the potting soil in the grow pot.”  And while that may be true, my ground soil is nothing to scoff at.  I have amended it for over 2 years with homemade and store-bought composts.  I believe that it is the grow pot’s excellent drainage, extra-heated soil from the black fabric, and air-pruned roots that make the difference…all things that ground soils could never truly duplicate.  The proof is in the pudding!

NEW Herb Grow Pot Design!!

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With Spring nearly upon us, I thought it was a fine time to create a new Bountiful Backyard grow pot design focused on herbs.  This new grow pot has some cute ladybugs, which are only on this new design.  It comes in the 10 gallon size, perfect for a collection of favorite herbs!

herb1For more info on the benefits of grow pots versus traditional pots, click the tab at the top of the page “Custom Designed Fabric Grow Bags” or visit the Etsy listing here.

Happy Almost-Spring!

Things Are Heating UP!

Now that Summer is officially here and has brought with her consistently high 70’s daytime temps and low 60’s nighttime temps, my veggies (and I) are thanking her.  The tomatoes are starting to really set fruit, whereas for the past month the flowers were just falling off before swelling into fruit.  The Moon and Stars Watermelon is starting to actually look like a vine instead of a little seedling.  The peaches on the no-name peach tree are nearing full ripeness.  Cucumbers are happily weighing down my trellis.  Baby pumpkins are peeking their little selves out of the vines and all is right with the world.  Or at least in my garden, anyway.

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato on it’s way to ripening.

The Moon and Stars Heirloom watermelon has started to take off in recent days.

Peaches giving a rosy “Hello! Here I am!”

This Cherokee Purple Heirloom tomato is growing in a grow bag! This is my healthiest tomato plant and has set more fruit than any other Cherokee Purples around the garden. GO Grow Bags!

Case in point.

And more from the same grow bag tomato plant.

Lemon Cukes are ready for munching!

And I’ll leave you with a photo of my most recent harvest. Long Live Homegrown!

Custom Designed Fabric Grow Pots

After finding out about fabric grow bags through other fellow vegetable gardeners, I tried them for myself and was blown away with the result.  I’ve grown the healthiest, most vigorous tomatoes and potatoes in these sturdy, felt-like pots, thanks to their superior drainage and ability to air-prune.  They can grow ANY vegetable or favorite plant!  Even still, I knew that these plain black grow bags could be improved upon-DESIGN!

I’ve taken the phenomenon one step further by creating an array of bright, fun and personalized designs for these hip grow bags. I use ECO Felt, made from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles, a soft fabric that is non-toxic, sustainable, fade-resistant and will not stain.  Thanks to my new eco-friendly garden designs, these fabric pots become a highlight of your garden.  Bountiful Backyard’s custom designed bags are available in my Etsy shop!

 Why These Containers Grow The Best Plants:

The felt-like, lightweight fabric pot has rigidity to hold its shape, may be stored folded flat and is reusable. The black fabric quickly warms up early season soil enabling plants to get off to a quicker start. Yet the same fabric, due to its porous nature, allows heat to escape from the container through evaporative cooling during the summer’s hottest days. Roots are never soggy like in traditional pots since the water is allowed to drain out of the bag. These containers have the unique ability to air-prune, which leads to a strong, healthy root structure.