Friday, August 10, 2012

GMG's Friday Find: Porch Foraging

tomato plants among the rosesWe talk a lot in our office about gardening trends, like small space gardening, and combination gardening.

I decided to give it a go, and cleared out an area just beyond the house and planted spring lettuce, a variety of tomato plants, peppers (hot and cool colors), and tri-colored beans among the roses. I armed my precious produce with a Havahart Spray Away to keep the deer from my buffet. It has kept the deer out, and even a couple friends who accidentally stepped in the way.

sampling of container herbs
I planted container herbs including French tarragon, lemon balm melissa, salvia, summer savory, Greek oregano, chives, dill, rosemary, lime golden thyme, fringed french lavender (fancy, eh?), parsley and stevia. Clipping these herbs to spice up sauteés and sauces is fun and adds incredible flavor. I plan on drying some of these for winter use, at least that’s the plan.

picked fresh from the gardenSeeding, thinning, planting, watering, and tending for home grown food is amazingly satisfying. When you pick that juicy red tomato, that spicy hot pepper and those snappy beans, you understand the joy of growing your own. Nature is nurturing and front yard (or back) farming is fun. .

What have you grown in a small space? We’d love to see your DIY vine to table delights!

1 comment:

A1 Chandigarh said...

I love this plant and have lots in various parts of my shady back yard. I deal with the disappearing foliage by deploying annuals, containers, and ferns. This is a great one for seeding itself randomly around your yardMumbai Flowers