Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Urban Gardening

It's kind of hard to have a garden in Baltimore, but every year I still do my best to make it feel as though we have one. I've found that the best option is to use pots and containers of various sizes and arrange them in a way to create a lush space.

After spending an afternoon at our favorite greenhouse, I was finally able to finish planting everything that we brought home with us. We have an array of herbs-- basil, cilantro, mint, chives, and dill. I addition, we planted a lettuce mix, and tomato and pepper plants that we picked up at the farmer's market. In addition to our herbs and veggies, we planted all sorts of flowers and started growing a flowering vine which we hope will begin growing on our pergola.

The best part about planting is seeing how lush everything is by the peak of summer. While the pots currently look much to big for many of our plants, the reward comes when the plants have filled each pot out fully and we have lots of green life! I am also especially excited about our plants this year because this summer our patio is finished instead of looking like this. And that is definitely something to be happy about! :)

P.S. The winner of the Ephemeral Pillages ring giveaway is commenter #4-- Beth! Congratulations Beth! I'll be in touch with you shortly! :)

5 comments:

  1. and you could try this: http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/ (sphagnum moss added to the dirt helps to hold moisture)

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  2. your garden looks great! we are growing our first garden this year...excited to see how it turns out!

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  3. Be careful with the mint; we've had mint growing in our front yard for YEARS. once it starts growing, it doesn't stop. It also spreads like wildfire. The purple flowers it gets in spring and summer are pretty though and it does give off a wonderful aroma. Just be prepared to do some serious trimming:)

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    1. The key with mint is to keep in contained. It does really well in pots for this reason! I grow it every year and use it to make homemade mint iced tea and add it to salads and such.

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    2. Ours is well past being contained. We do the same with ours though; I smell a recipe swap in the near future;)

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