Saturday, July 02, 2016
Living the Pantry Lifestyle - Growing on the deck
It all started when I decided to grow some herbs on the deck last year instead of everything in the two raised beds which are given over to herb gardening. They grew very well and it was SO nice having them close by when I was cooking.
So this year when we were late getting the garden planted and I had six wilting swiss chard plantlets needing immediate planting, I decided to "temporarily" plant them in organic soil in a beat up large plastic flower pot. Wow. The things you learn by accident.
Isn't this a beauty? The photo was taken a couple days ago and it has grown more already. I'm going to harvest some of the larger swiss chard leaves this weekend so the smaller chard can receive more sunlight.
I may never plant my swiss chard in the garden again. It never grew this well in the garden. I'm thinking it probably gets more needed sunlight on the deck. Who knew? I do keep it on the extra deck table to keep away from furry little nibblers like the cute squirrels who use the deck as a bridge (we have stairs on each side of the deck).
The chocolate mint didn't winter well but I did plant another one this year. This is what one plant looks like in July!
Here is the oregano. I know it likes sunshine and it definitely loves growing on the porch.
This is a spicy globe basil plant. If you haven't tried growing this, it is beautiful and tasty.
Of course, rosemary grows great on the deck. It loves the heat and sunshine. This is one herb that grows much better on the deck than it did in the garden.
I grew pineapple sage in a container last year and loved it so much, I planted it again this year. I have had it come back the next year when planted in the garden but not in a container. The leaves really do smell and taste like pineapple.
It gets a lovely red bloom that is suppose to attract humming birds (as do the flowers I grow) but it often blooms too late here, the hummingbirds have usually begun their migration.
I may still pop a couple more herbs or veggies in a flowerpot on the deck. There is time...
I thought this post on Survival Mom was a very good list for people wanting to stock extra nonfood items in their "pantry"... here.