Thursday, May 14, 2009

Container Gardening!




So this post isn't reallya crafty one, but being a country girl living in a city with neighbors so close I sometimes freak out, I HATE the fact I cannot have a garden. (I can only see the faces of the Homeowners Association Board Members.) The neighborhood I live in is a newer area and my husband and I bring the average age of owners here down about 25 -35 years :) Matthew is the token child in the subdivision. We decided here though b/c of location, no outside maintainence on our part (HOA fees take care of landscaping, exterior insirance, mowing, etc), safety, quietness, etc. Still, NO farm though. :) All my life we have had 10-20 acre gardens. My grandparents, Mema and Pepa, the gpa who passed away last week, have gardened for a living for their entire lives with 30-40 acres of produce a year. So, buying veggies and produce at the store was a whole new world for me when I moved away from home! Used to, if I want cherries, I picked them off the tree, wanted strawberries, grabbed an old ice cream bucket and hit the patch, pulled a couple of ears of corn for dinner, and with 3 acres of bell peppers next to my house, stirfry was an easy fix. Not so much in the East End of Louisville, lol. So this year I decided to contianer garden on my back patio. My aunt has her own line of Herbs, Jams, Jellies, and Breads and she grows a lot of things in containers (But she hsa a full garden). A few weeks back I planted, strawberries, broccoli, 4 kinds of peppers, and green beans on my patio. They have taken off and I am SO excited. Makes me feel a little closer to my mom and dad. I never got to tell Pepa, but he would have been so proud!!! Mathew and I enjoyed a fresh red strawberry the other day and watching the changes day by day are nuts! I will have to stake my greenbeans soon! They are already out of control! So, do you garden? If so what is your favorite thing to grow?

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Love the patio garden :) I don't have a garden, I go to my mom's to get the "fresh veggie fix". My favorites are green beans and squash.

ms.cheryl said...

When I was 6 my grandparents gave me a row in the garden and I planted potatoes. The harvesting was my favorite. I've always loved digging up potatoes. ms.cheryl

Karen L said...

Love your patio with it's little strawberry garden! We just planted some tomatoes and zucchini a couple of weeks ago and are hoping for more success than in the past! I love container gardens...less work!

RaeChelle said...

this was suppose to be the year I started my garden and once again the window of opportunity is passing me by! I still might go get a few tomato plants as Doug loves tomatoes and I hate to buy them in the store as they really aren't very good anyway! So if I get to Lowe's or Home Depot this weekend, we will have tomatoes this summer! Maybe next year I'll have the real garden!

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