These past few warm sunny days in Southwest Michigan has us ready to get outside and watch things grow! Combine that urge to plant with a growing concern about where our groceries are coming from and you’ll probably come up with the desire to plant your own vegetable garden this season. As you take a look around your yard for a sunny spot (or lack of), don’t forget to consider your patio and deck.
Typically sunny, open and convenient to your house, decks and patios make great spots for kitchen gardens. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much produce a handful of planters can produce, and you won’t miss the colorful annuals you grew in them last year if you take a moment to follow the traditional container garden recipe: Thriller, Filler, Spiller- with the addition of edible flowers such as marigolds, violas, scented geraniums and lavender.
Cucumbers, Beans &
Peas on trellis
Colored/ Hot Peppers
Edible Flowers to include:
Check out these links for more inspiration:
List of Edible Flowers- West Coast Seed
Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Edible Container Gardening- DIY Network
Creative Ways to Grow Food on Your Deck- Bonnie Plants
Tell me what you're going to grow in the comments, below!
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
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Stevensville, MI 49127