Fresh Greens & Herbs For Easy Container Gardening

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Do you garden? I grew up with grandparents who worked hard in their gardens and my mother has a small garden she tends to every growing season. Back then bowls of freshly picked vegetables sat on our kitchen counter for anyone to help themselves to.  My sisters and I snacked on raw vegetables just like we ate our apples — whole and with the peel on.

We have a good size backyard with plenty of room for a garden, but it faces south towards the hot sun and has proven difficult to keep the grass watered and green, as you can see from this photo. We also get four legged visitors, like hungry rabbits and other small critters, I don’t care to know about slithering running around doing their business back there.

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All the hard work necessary for a thriving garden overwhelms me, so I’m going to try container gardening.  Just simple herbs and  a mix of lettuce leafs. I’ll visit my local farmer’s market for tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.

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Right outside the backdoor I have planted mixed, red and lettuce leaf varieties. The peppermint plants will go in with them and the pretty lavender will go into a large antique bowl of Hens and Chicks on the front porch. I’m not sure how I will use the lavender just yet, but I do hope to catch their sweet scent when I’m nearby.

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I tucked cilantro, basil, rosemary and dill herbs into a large flower pot. There’s a lot going on in that container but I do like how it looks and it saves space and watering time. I also have a small terra cotta pot of sweet basil near the kitchen window that is doing well. I pinch leaves from it almost daily for cooking, topping sandwiches and flavoring iced tea.  I especially like fresh basil with sliced strawberries.

 

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I’ve already made my first salad with clippings from the lower leaves of the plants, and tossed in a few of the herbs, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and green onions. It was so fresh and delicious!

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I’m looking forward to more mature greens and lots of summer salads this season. It’s not too late to start your own easy container garden. Check with your local farmer’s market, grocery store or greenhouse for starter plants.

How about you, do you container garden and what do you grow in yours? How do  you use fresh lavender? I would love to hear from you.

Lisa

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