Let’s chat inspiration. It’s been just slightly under a year since I decided to build a couple of boxes and start a small patio garden. We live in a rental house, in an planned community, so our front yard is not our own and the landlords converted the “backyard” into a low-maintenance area without grass. I’ve been growing and experimenting for the past year with new plants and while there have been some failures, (let’s not talk about the artichoke plant I killed) I’ve also had some great successes. Last summer, peppers and tomatoes made a late rally and all my herbs took off (and are still growing today!) During the winter, my broccoli and cauliflower grew beautifully as did the spinach and lettuce. It’s so exciting to watch things grow day by day and I personally think baby plants are adorable.
I like to share these post not as part of a “I know what I’m doing, so I’m going to share my expertise” but rather a “hey look! I’m growing things in planters and it’s pretty cool.” It’s one giant experiment on my part (I kind of love science). If things die, they die or sometimes they just don’t produce anything- it happens. But, I’m learning and it’s so exciting to watch things grow. It’s been amazing having fresh herbs year round (especially when I’m doing as much cooking as I am- the herbs have saved me a few trips to the store.)
As you plan your weekend (or next few weekends) think about adding a small garden project to your list. Get a couple of window boxes and plant some herbs or even plant a few flowers (which I learned last year that bees don’t magically appear in my backyard, so this year I’m wooing them with lavender.)
What I have growing (I started a few things earlier than planned but if they die, I’ll just start over!)
- Tomatoes (early girls, yellow pear, cherry, and San Marzano)
- Sweet Italian Peppers
- Jalapeño peppers
- Swiss Chard
- Yellow Squash
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Basil (in it’s own pot and companion planted with the tomatoes)
- Parsley (both flat and curly)
I also picked up a patio Avocado tree from a local supplier of Dwarf trees (I’m eyeing a lemon and lime tree next along with trying not to start a fruit orchard in my little patio area.)
If you need a little more inspiration, you can take a look back at my start last summer, the mid-summer update, early fall, and what the winter garden looked like! I’m hoping to do a few more post throughout the summer with updates as well!