Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Planting for Purpose

My goal at the end of last summer was to try and grow as much produce as I can from my small yard. My main veg garden is in our front yard but we have one very sunny spot in the backyard with soil that is very compacted and full of roots. I decided to move some of the pots I normally would have flowers in and plant some veggies. Did some research and found folks that had some real luck with the sugar baby watermelons grown in pots. I am trying it out. I have the room to let them ramble in the planter but they needed some good soil so the pot will do for that. We also planted spinach and Swiss chard in the pots.

A few flowers in the front will help pretty meet practicality.

My pots normally by the fire pit will hold herbs now instead of flowers.

Still working. So in my small city yard we will grow tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, Swiss chard, water melon, spinach, lettuce, cilantro, celery, bok choy and lots of herbs.

Linking to:
Celebrating Family
Cozy Home Scenes
Tues. Garden Party
Crystal and Co.
Farmgirl Friday
Lil' Suburban Homestead


Linda said...

Way to grow!
I can't wait to get in my veg garden.
But that won't happen till the middle of May.

Ms. Redo said...

Thanks for sharing about this - my goal for this summer is to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in back yard pots. I'm not much of a gardener but hoping for the best. Hugs ~ Mary

Lois' Laughlines said...

You are even growing things in your cute boot. I love it. Can't wait to see your veggie garden in full bloom. blessings.

Cottage and Broome said...

You can always mix in a few flowers with the veggies. The deer would eat all my veggies. Laura

Beth said...

sounds yummy. (:

reginascottage said...

great post-my goal for this summer is to grow tomatoes,peppers,chillis,zuchinis,salad,runnerbeans and flowers.
have a nice day,

Ginger Zuck said...

Looks so wonderful. I cannot wait to put out my garden and plant my lettuce and herbs and plant some blooming plants! I bought some packets of seeds, but too early here. Good luck growing, it will be awesome.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

We are so alike in this area. Have you thought about a 2x4 raised bed where you have the pots? You can fill it with great soil and it may be a little easier to keep moist in our dry weather. I have herbs in pots all through out the yard. What happened to our sun? Patty

Linda said...

My son has a great spot for a garden in his yard and had the same trouble...hard soil...like concrete...he found an old kid's swimming pool at a yard sale and drilled holes in the bottom of it...filled it with good rich soil and now he has a wonderful garden there! We use what we can do make things grow...I plant all the veggies in the middle of my flower beds...that's what works for me! Good job on finding what works in your yard!!

Shug said...

Got to do all that we can to stretch the dollars to save on the cost of living. Hope you have a bounty of produce.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elaine,

Love this idea! It reminds me my old times living in a house...:o)
I really miss having a vegetable patch outside.

Racoons here loved my green beans and broccoli. They really did.
They just cleared them out! LOL!
We are all very, very healthy...
That's what I call "sharing", he, he, he!

I see that you have French Lavender planted right besides Mint in that huge planter! Love them!


Debbie Booth said...

Hey there Miss Elaine! We too are going to plant soon, we wait a little longer though because we have snow through May, usually after Mother's Day it is safe. We visited Amish country a few years ago and at the end of each vegetable row they planted flowers, sunflowers, roses. I just loved it. Maybe with all the drip tape I can sneak in some flower seeds! Have a wonderful week.

labbie1 said...

Those sugar babies are awesome! I mean truly! They are a small watermelon, but delish! Hope you get a nice harvest of these, because you will just enjoy the heck out of them!

I like growing in pots (live in 5th wheel!) and it does work well! Kind of like square foot gardening...

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I think it is very good practice to grow with purpose. To have veggies where flowers might normally be growing...can be pretty too!
Do you have HOA requirements or restrictions?
Will any of these be in the front where neighbors can see them?

I commend those who make the most of there small city lots. We have 4 rural acres...and I don't know that we'll ever make use of all of it. I would like to. Honey's coming around to thinking the same...so we'll do what we can.


Gina said...


I love planting season! It looks like you have a nice variety in your garden. It is still much too cold to plant here yet.



Barb said...

Hi Elaine!

Good luck with the herbs and veggies! I usually grow all of my herbs in pots because it's so much easier to get to them from my kitchen. I have also grown tomatoes, green onions, lettuce, and green peppers in pots and it works out beautifully. I can't even think about planting until the last of May here in Idaho, but it's always fun to plan!


It's All Connected said...

I think Swiss Chard is as pretty a container plant as any flower and will last around here into December. I can't wait to start turning the garden over! ~ Maureen

learning table said...

I love your flower pot garden! Good luck with your plantings.

Lady Farmer said...

Hope your garden grows well in the pots! Looks great! ;~P

Clint Baker said...

First time here. I really have enjoyed and will be following. Happy Growing!

Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes And Cozy Home Kitchen said...

Good luck with your potten garden Elaine. We have grown tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini in pots. However, wildlife and our dogs enjoy most of those things more than we do. I hope you have better success! Thank you for linking up to my party this week.

c. Joy said...

I'll be checking up on your watermelon growing - never heard of growing them in a pot/container and now I soo curious.

lilsuburbanhomestead said...

I agree you have to have some pretty in with the practical :) I try to plant as many edible flowers as possible! I enjoyed your pictures and it sounds like you have some great stuff going on at your homestead! Thanks for linking up to "The Ole' Saturday Homesteading Trading Post"!

Jami said...

What a great goal! We were able to grow a lot when we lived in the city, too- it's really doable. :-)

I look forward to reading more of your updates at the TGP!

Heidi said...

I like your post. Pretty and function in one pot. Please let us know how the sugar baby watermelons do in the pot. Have a great week and thanks for sharing.