Winter is quickly drawing to a close here in Central Texas and it is time to begin thinking about planting a new deck garden. My deck container garden ended poorly last year, primarily due to very high temperatures from the heat radiated from the deck back into the planter boxes. I used a soil thermometer to record temperatures well over 100 degrees in each planter box.
My plan this year includes building light weight wooden shields for each of my planter boxes in my container garden. This should help me reduce the reflected heat from the deck back into the plant pots. I will continue to monitor the soil temperature each week with my soil thermometer.
I also learned last year that I probably put too many plants in each plant pot. So, this year, instead of 4 to 10 plants in each plant container, I’m only going to plant a couple in each plant pot.
I have 6 plant pots on my deck and each is watered with a drip watering system. I plan to plant the following plants in my container garden.
- 3 containers of tomatoes – one plant in each plant pot
- 2 containers of cucumbers – no more than 4 plants in each garden container
- 1 container of peppers – probably two different types of peppers
My peppers in my container garden last year did quite well. If they do well enough, I may just convert the whole thing into a pepper garden!
My single plant container garden tomatoes did very well when they weren’t crowded by other plants.
Once again, I’m only going to plant a container garden. I am not going to plant a raised bed garden for comparison this year.
The weather is warming up quickly and the garden stores are starting to show their early delivery of plant containers. Unfortunately, I have such a busy schedule that I won’t be able to get to the initial planting of the container garden until the last weekend in March.