My indoor gardening this spring was pretty much a total flop. Seeds sprouted, but didn't have enough sunlight to grow. The other problem....
...mold and mildew.
I couldn't even grow a cactus indoors without mold growing on top of the dirt. We run a dehumidifier 12 hours a day, but our apartment still grows mold. That was the end of indoor gardening. My gardening neighbors said they had the same problem with trying to grow plants inside.
I decided to get some outdoor plants once it was warm enough, but we don't get direct sunlight in front of our apartment until the end of June. My friend, Zona, gave me some advice about plants that do well in the shade. She suggested impatiens and begonias. I bought some of those, plus some other flowers that had tags saying they would grow in the shade. We also tried out some vegetables and herbs in the small area that gets some sun in the summer.
Here are recent pictures from our outdoor flower pot garden:
outside our apartment
These are Nasturtiums. Dorina sent some of these seed packets to me. She said you can't kill Nasturtiums. Yay! Just what I needed!
To the left of our front door we have Nasturtiums, New Guinea Impatiens, Begonias, Dusty Miller, and Impatiens.
To the right of our door we have a big pot of Impatiens.
The New Guinea Impatiens are my favorite.
Here are herbs, lavender, tomatoes, zucchini, lettuce, and gourds.
Tomatoes that started out in a topsy-turvy planter and had to be rescued and planted properly.
I have a very nice gourd growing.
We have lots of blooms on our zucchini, but the slugs keep attacking before they actually produce fruit.
My poor zucchini plant
But look! We did get one zucchini!!! I think this will be our only zucchini. It is still August, but the sun is pretty much gone from the front of our apartments. Very little sunshine left for the plant.