Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring is in the air, almost planting time in the Southern US!

Container Garden on the Patio

Over ten years ago I read an article about planting a container garden which conjured up a vision of fresh tomatoes, peppers, basil, rosemary and thyme dancing through my mind. My first container garden included five pots and were set-up on my patio right outside my kitchen window, always in view and easy to tend to.

Every year around March I start visualizing my patio in full bloom; brimming with containers of bright red cherry tomatoes, vibrant green peppers, the smell of fresh basil and the feeling of new beginnings and a fresh start that Spring brings to mind.
Baby Lizard 2011

2011 Bell Pepper Plant

This year’s container garden will probably include: cherry tomatoes (I have tried to grow the “big boy” variety however they do not seem compatible with small containers), bell peppers, Jalapeno peppers, thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, dill and cilantro.

My patio is small in size but every bit of space is utilized, creating a garden that is vibrant, fragrant and soothing, my sanctuary. Providing an environment for the various birds, frogs and lizards, and on occasion a bunny rabbit has been spotted chomping away at the foliage.

2011 Basil & Cilantro
The majority of my produce is procured at a local organic farm, Poplar Ridge in Waxhaw, NC; however there is something very therapeutic and satisfying about growing herbs, flowers and vegetables on my own back patio 

Check back for new recipes incorporating fresh herbs and veggie’s, grown in my garden and locally.  

I know many of you have already been toiling away in your garden's.  

Have you started planning your garden?  What are you planting?

Cheers! Kary

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  1. Oh, shoot! Looking at your pictures just made me realize that we have forgotten to plant basil. I cannot survive my summer without basil. Thank you, Amiga, because now I know what hubby and I need to go get this weekend.

    Phew, that was a close on! :)

    Big hugs,

    1. So glad I could help!You can't have a summer garden without the basil!!!! Hugs, Kary