I was just looking through some old photos and stumbled across these winners.
This is summer 2008, Charlie and I had been married for about 6 months and were living in his college apartment. I was starting to get interested in container gardening, so I bought some tomato and pepper plants from Lowe’s, a few bags of soil and planted them in some plastic totes Charlie had lying around.
The plants had only about 6 inches of soil and no drainage, so needless to say, they didn’t thrive. They were also attacked by aphids which I tried to kill with dish soap, but just ended up damaging the plants more.
A friend at church suggested using Sevin and sent me home with some in a yogurt container. Being a newbie gardener and not knowing what Sevin was, I felt like I should listen to the sage advice of the more experienced. I looked up Sevin online to figure out what I was supposed to do with it, and was horrified by the warning labels. I did use some of it on the plants (while wearing long sleeves, pants and covering my nose and mouth), but afterwards decided that if I had to be that concerned about my health while using this product, I probably shouldn’t be putting it on my food.
And that’s where it all started. I think we got about 3 patio tomatoes and 2 or 3 peppers out of the whole bunch – definitely not more than a pound or two at the most. And here we are, two years later, making a go at growing a substantial amount of our food.