Enrich Your Life With Porch Veggies and Herbs
We’ve just moved into a new house. Having chosen the home and location carefully to fit my lifestyle, I’ve finally got a yard with lots of sun. Now I can have a successful garden! For the past 6 years I was living in a location that was very shady and woodsy. Although I planted every year, my gardens were sparse because of lack of sunlight. Typically I had to plant a lot just to get a little yield. So now, not only do I look forward to a magnificent yard garden, I can also have potted edibles right on my back patio. So, lets talk today about porch veggies and herbs
Edible Landscaping with Porch Veggies and Herbs
I love the idea of an “edible landscape”, where most everything you grow in your yard you can eat. It is also nice to open your back door and grab some herbs growing from a pot to use in your evening meal. There is no better eating than fresh, right from the garden (or planter). How wonderful to be able to eat from every pot on your patio, while also providing beauty to an outdoor living space. The aesthetics, environmental benefits and health benefits of growing your own food make this project well worth the effort, time and initial investment.
While a yard garden may seem unmanageable to some, many just don’t have the space for it. Not to worry, there are many edibles that will thrive in pots. Just about any vegetable or herb can grow well in a container as long as it has sufficient space. There are a wide variety of tomato plants, peppers (hot and sweet), sugar snap peas, strawberries, carrots, citrus and green onions that grow well in planters. Even miniature cucumbers or other miniature varieties of vegetables are container worthy. Theywill provide visual as well as gustatory pleasure. Additionally, with container planting you have more control over what is in your soil and an easier time keeping weeds and pests at bay.
Start with Seedlings
Start your pots with seedlings (immature plants) instead of seeds to get a quicker yield and add to the visual enjoyment with instant gratification. I plan to put the bulk of the vegetables in my yard plot, while using herbs, a tomato plant or two, some peppers and edible flowers like pineapple sage on the deck in planters. The edible flowers and herbs will be interspersed with the vegetables in large pots to create variety of texture, size, shape and color. For instance, some chile peppers, green onions and parsley may look nice in a pot all together. How about a pot of purple basil and calendula? There are lots of options for interesting container combinations that will feed your body and soul.
I look forward to going out and picking some basil and a tomato to be layered with mozzarella and drizzled with olive oil for a quick appetizer. Yum!