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Quilly’s Garden

My garden is growing quite contrarily! My pepper plants stopped at 4 inches tall and that’s that. They aren’t getting enough heat in our 67 degree Summer.  My broccoli flowered when it was only 2 inches tall!

Everything else is doing great.  As you know, I planted most of my garden in window boxes.  They are absolutely perfect for the deck and I have them out in rows just like a regular garden.

The window box with the lettuces in it has already provided us with several salads and some yummy L for our BLT sandwiches.  In fact, we were enjoying them so much, we planted a second box.  That’s the one you see in the picture foreground that looks like it is mostly dirt.  Just give it some time and it will be salad.

If you ever give any thought to planting a container garden I highly recommend window boxes for your lettuces, herbs, and green onions.  Our dill is going strong.  I already picked some of it for our salad the other night.  I used a little of my fresh cilantro to dress up our salmon & cracker hors d’Å“uvres. It looked great but was a little over-powering flavor-wise so we ended up picking them off. Alas.


  1. I love window boxes for being easier to carry around than individual pots, and still portable so you can follow the sun all day if necessary.

    Pepper plants out here are growing huge, but have no peppers on them yet! Too wet and hot this year I think — the nights are staying warm, in the 70s, and I think it’s made the peppers lazy.

    1. Susan — the way my house is situated, the peppers are exposed to the sun all day. There just isn’t enough of it to matter!

  2. My husband overplanted banana peppers. Wish you had some of them. He’s the only one that eats them. He made the comment next year two plants will be enough instead of five. I said one would suffice. But so much for my gardening skills. He quickly told me you need two so they can polinate.

    1. Thena — my other half is a botanist. One plant with many flowers will do for pollination. However, it is a well known gardening fact that the fewer bushes one plants the less apt they are to produce, while the more bushes one plants the better chance you stand of every bush producing in wild abundance. This has nothing to do with pollination and everything to do with Murphy’s Law.

  3. What a great idea! We grow our tomatoes (lots of them!) and peppers (those aren’t doing so great) in containers on our deck. I’m afraid it is too hot for the lettuces, but I’ll have to consider this idea for next year…

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