Container Garden 2014: on the deck

The deck garden is already in bloom! Thanks to a great winter growing station in my basement, I have blooming flowers, large greens, lots of basil, fruiting peppers & strong tomatoes.

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This winter I invested in some new deck containers, Vegtrugs. We are moving away from plastic containers, and looking for something that can grow without taking up too much space. So far, so good!

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This year the container garden is growing:

Greens: Arugula, Radicchio, Kale & Swiss Chard

Peppers: Sweet Bell peppers Hot: JalapeƱo, Serrano, Poblano, Pasilla, Cayenne, Fish & Lemon Drop

Tomatoes: Hawaiian Pineapple, Purple Cherokee & Costoluto Genovese

Herbs: Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Sage, Mint, Chives, Chervil, Dill, Thyme, & Cilantro

Flowers: Dahlia, Zinnia, Viola, Bachelors Button, Black & Blue Salvia, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, and Chamomile

Root Veg, etc...: Beets, Onions, Cucumbers, Carrots, Strawberries & Radishes

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Unlike other years, I mapped out and meticulously planned what I would grow and where. Notably - my deckrail planters are full of flowers to attract pollinators. Last year we had countless bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. This year we want more!

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So far the companion planting and locations are working out well. It 's amazing what you can grow in a container. You just need to remember to water a bit more often and feed the plants monthly.

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Growing a garden can be a lot of work, but the rewards are tenfold. Not only are you growing delicious food on your own, but you're closer to the ecosystem, and a part of natures beauty. And in turn nature rewards you. One of our fav garden treats is the arugula flower. We harvest them and pop them into salads.

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Are you growing in containers? What's your fav crop?

Hope your garden is a success this year!