Since starting the Grow Your Own Food Challenge, my little container garden situation has expanded into…well….a not-so-little situation. When I first started out, I had just a few potted herbs and veggies on the front porch, and my shower bucket was providing enough water to keep everything hydrated.
Since then, I’ve caught some kind of gardening bug! I dug in with my husband and built some raised beds out back and added a few pots on the back porch, too. The shower bucket is still helping, but it definitely can’t provide enough water for all of my plants, so we’re using the hose, too. We’re going to get the rain barrels set up again soon, but since it involves cutting into the gutters, we might wait until my father-in-law visits to tackle that project. I promise to follow them around with my camera and annoy them with questions about that when it happens!
In the meantime, I’m super happy with my expanded garden and thought it would be fun to share it with you, slideshow style! If you have photos of your own food gardens, I’d love to see them! You can share links to photos here or send them via email to becky AT importantmedia DOT org
Front Porch Container Garden: Where it All Began
The plants out front were sort of an exercise in not killing everything I plant. I tend to start off strong and then completely neglect my leafy friends, but this time it’s been going much better! In this photo, you can see how my hot pepper plant has shot up and catch a glimpse of the mint and oregano, which are both doing really well. We’ve got some rosemary out front, too, and some Chinese broccoli, which I haven’t pictured for reasons I’ll get to in a later post.
When a friend sent me photos of a nature center’s herb spirals, my husband and I flipped out. They were gorgeous, and since we’re always digging bricks up in our yard, we had plenty to make this happen. You can read a bit more on how we built these right here.
We had such a great time building these spirals that we actually went on to build a second one! They’re full of fresh herbs, purslane, catnip, and citronella.
Here’s the second herb spiral:
This lemon tree was some serious wish fulfillment. I’ve been wanting to grow a potted Meyer lemon tree for years and after the front porch and herb spirals went so well, I finally had the nerve to invest in one.
More Herbs in Pots
We didn’t know exactly how many herb and flower plants would fit into those spirals, so we ended up with a few plants left over. Those are living on the back porch in big pots, where we planted rosemary, tarragon, and onion chives.
Are any of you guys participating in the Grow Your Own Food Challenge? We’d love to see what you’re growing and hear your experiences! You can drop us a line in the comments or shoot me an email directly at becky AT importantmedia DOT org.