If you've been dreaming of growing your own herbs and vegetables but feel that the task is daunting, there is no law that says you need to start planting in rows long enough to feed the whole neighborhood. You can start small by planting a few pots of herbs, peppers and tomatoes on your deck, patio, stoop, balcony, or even a window box, but... just do it!
As you gain confidence and you see the results of your labors, you can expand and add a garden box where you can either mix several things that grow well together (please refer to the several articles on companion planting shared previously - see links below) or you can plant lots of just one thing in a box, but...just do it!
Photo: Sample garden boxes in a friend’s nursery
The boxes don't need to be all that deep or that big. In fact, as I wrote earlier, you can grow a lot of food stuff in just a 4 x 4 space.
I love planting in boxes because I seem to be able to plant more in a 4 x 4 box than I can in a 16 foot row; but whether in rows, boxes or containers, there is a lot of satisfaction in growing a few edibles for your family; the thing is to...just do it!
Photo: Larger boxes in my friend’s nursery
If you don't have a lot of room for several growing boxes, use a combination of boxes, found or recycled items or an assortment of planting containers and set them wherever you have space that receives several hours of sun a day, and...just do it!
Photo: Shallow boxes in our yard
In the past few months I have been sharing a series of articles on how to grow food in your own yard. Small or large, there is always a place where you can tuck a few edibles among your foundation planting or even in your flower beds. If you don't have a yard, but do have a deck or even a balcony that receive a few hours of sun a day...just do it!
Photo: Thyme in a pot – our garden
To find all of the articles I have shared on the Triscuit Home Farming Project, just click on the links below for easy home farming and gardening ideas.
Remember, it can be just a few edibles tucked into your foundation planting or here and there around the yard...it can be a formal potager garden...or it can be pots on your deck or balcony...but the thing is to...
Just Do It!