Hello! I am so glad you are here because I actually accomplished something this week and I am very excited to share it with you. I did some easy container gardening with vegetables and herbs on the deck. It’s not anything over-the-top or even very special…but I started and finished it all in one week. I have not done that with any project for months. It felt really good to be outside and the time I spent in the dirt truly soothed my soul. I didn’t rush…I took my time but it was still finished in just a few hours. Anyone can do this…and here are my best tips.
If you have any sort of patio, porch or deck, a container garden is perfect. You can make your garden as big or as little as you want. One pot or several…whatever you have room for. I haven’t purchased new containers for a few years. I just use old buckets and tubs.
You can read about my wash tubs here: DIY Galvanized Wash Tub Planters
The first thing to do is gather your containers and make sure they have drainage holes. If not, you will need to drill holes on the bottom. If you don’t have any pots at all, check discount stores or home improvement stores. They have a great selection right now and some are very reasonably priced.
Once you have your pots assembled, add fresh potting soil. I think it’s important to change the potting soil every year. Some years I have mixed new in with the old but the plants don’t seem to do as well. I bought two large bags and had plenty.
Now onto the plants.
This year I planted:
- Cinnamon Basil
- Burpless Bush Cucumber
- Early Girl Tomato
- Leaf lettuce
- Patio tomato
- Husky Cherry Red Tomato
I am really quite thrilled with the lettuce. I have been picking it for over a week and it’s so good. Of course I adore the mint and have been picking that as fast as it grows.
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The bush cucumber is in the copper tub. When I told my dad I planted a cucumber he seemed doubtful…so I hope I can share my abundant harvest with him! I added a small trellis but I’m not sure I really need it. Time will tell on that. The blue watering can holds a beautiful dark pink azalea. It was a gift from my All Things Creative team when my mom died. I’ll put in the ground in the fall.
I’m not sure about the tomatoes. I have never had any luck growing them…either in the ground or in pots. I tried three different varieties so hopefully at least one of them will be successful. The basil and rosemary are already taking off. If you’ve never planted herbs, these are the two to start with. They thrive anywhere and take very little care.
I used an old, rusty step stool to add a little height. As you can see, my deck floor didn’t weather so well. It was given a fresh coat of stain just last summer but you would never know.
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I made some new garden markers and they were so easy. I’ve shared the tutorial and sources on my eBay blog so I hope you come over and visit me there. Making the garden markers was not really planned, but ended up being fun and they added an extra little something to my garden. You just may have all the materials needed so it could quite possibly be a free project. Can’t beat that!
Click for the tutorial and sources: DIY Herb Garden Markers
Thank you for stopping by…and for your support and friendship. I would love to get back to posting three times a week so that is my goal for the summer. I may or may not make it…but I am going to try. See you soon!