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Nothing Better Than A Backyard Garden!!

It’s that time of year that one can’t help but think about fresh veggies.  Living in the South the first thing we think about is a beautiful fresh ripe tomatoe.  Not those plastic imposters that don’t  even have a tomoto smell, but the ones that just smell so delicious  you could take a bite right there in the garden.  Yum!

What I love is all the wonderful ideas for container gardens.  No more digging up the yard, and even the smallest of patios/decks can support at least several containers for plants. A container garden can be as simple or elaborate as you have time for. Basic inexpensive plastic buckets can be used for the container or if you or quite handy with the hammer and saw there are plenty of plans on the internet to make them.

Check out this idea using basic plastic buckets.

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This a great article from Simple Frugal giving some great pointers on “How to Get Started Container Gardening”.

She even has a post “Best Vegetables for Container Gardening”that I gleamed several good ideas from.  These are just a few fruits and veggies that she favors.

  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Eggplant
  • Herbs
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes

Wine & Fresh Herbs- a perfect combo! Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas for Your Patio or Balcony #gardening:

 

Apartment Therapy has a great article on “Gardening Without a Garden: 10 Ideas For Your Patio or Balcony.  Take a moment to read it and get some really great ideas.

My favorite item to grow in my backyard or on the patio is tomatoes.  During the summer they are a staple on our table.  Simply wash, slice , then a pinch of salt and they are ready to enjoy.  Nothing is better than a juicy red tomato to finish off your summer menu with fresh veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

The 10 Best Tomatoes for Containers

Isn’t this absolutely beautiful? Nothing is prettier than a pot of fresh tomatoes just waiting for the picking.

This is a tomato called Patio Princess.  One of the favs for growing in a container.  This plant normally only reaches about two feet tall, perfect for a small area.

A few other favs are Sweet Baby Girl. Sweet Baby Girl  is what is called an indeterminate variety, meaning that it does not normally get very tall.

 

My suggestion? Everyone knows how I love Pinterest,  Go to Pinterest, put in “Container Gardens”  and be prepared to be overwhelmed.  I saw articles on growing herbs, the best soils for small gardens and even how to grow corn in containers.  Now that is one I don’t think I would have ever tried.  It is absolutely amazing the wonderful ideas they have for backyard gardening.  Enyoy!