I’ve always loved deck rail planters and window boxes. They’re kind of quaint, and they can bring some natural beauty to a space that’s usually ignored. It’s always nice to walk by a house and see lots of colorful flowers hanging over the railings of a front porch or balcony.
I’ll be blunt; if you enjoy cooking, you owe it to yourself to have a garden. I realize not everyone has the space for a big garden in the backyard. An edible front porch garden or balcony garden is a lot more attainable. In fact, even if you do have space for a big garden, there are some distinct advantages to growing your herbs and veggies right outside your door.
I love adding some fresh, crunchy lettuce to my meals. Lettuce is delightful on its own as a simple salad with a dash of olive oil, and it’s great in sandwiches or as a bed for grains. Living in a cooler climate, though, I had to learn how to grow lettuce in containers if I […]
It’s a real bummer to find fungus on your vegetables. You spend months nurturing them, ensuring they get plenty of sunshine, water, fresh air, and the Netflix password. Then one day, seemingly out of nowhere, your vegetables aren’t looking so hot. While fungus on vegetables, herbs, and other houseplants doesn’t look great, the real problem […]
I might be biased, but if you live in an apartment, container gardening is an easy way to give your space some personality and flare (not to mention some free food). I certainly lived in my share of apartments with white walls, white vinyl blinds, light brown carpeting, and a lease that said I couldn’t change any of that. But it’s truly amazing how much difference even a few plants can make in an otherwise boring space.
There are some plants and vegetables I love that, no matter how many positive vibes I put out into the universe, will never grow in or around my house. Banana trees, for example, won’t grow outdoors where I live. And I just don’t have the right light to grow them indoors, though I have friends who grow them.
I love growing vegetables in containers. Don’t get me wrong; I couldn’t be happier to have the space to grow a big garden in my backyard, but I’ve always loved having a few or more containers full of vegetables on the porch or decorating the front steps. Flowers are nice, but I’ll take a planter full of rosemary any day.
Tomatoes are nature’s little miracle, aren’t they? From my favorite summertime tomato recipes to preserving tomatoes for use all winter long, homegrown tomatoes are enjoyed year-round at my house. From seed to table, the key to growing delicious and abundant tomatoes is supporting the plants and keeping the fruits off the ground. Tomato cages are an obvious solution and fairly easy to find at your local garden store. But cages aren’t the only answer. There are different ways to build a vertical tomato trellis that will accomplish the same goals as a traditional tomato cage.
Smoothies are my secret weapon to sneak vegetables and fruits into my toddler’s (and husband’s) diet. With a few base ingredients, you can add just about any type of fruit or vegetable to make a smoothie. If you make as many smoothies as we do, you’ll want to grow your own smoothie ingredients.
You’ve heard the story. You can probably tell the story. You’re growing vegetables in window boxes, and they’re coming along just fine. You run out to do some errands one hot afternoon, and when you get home, every single vegetable and herb in your window box is a droopy, wilty mess.