Spring has sprung here in Rochester, NY which means that it’s time to start my garden on my deck.
Before we moved, our old house had a huge wrap around deck- strung with dreamy cafe lights, 4 long railing planters filled with flowers and various typed of pots with fresh herbs and lots of beautiful deck furniture. Unfortunately, when we moved we sold the deck furniture and all of the other beautiful elements with the house.
Once we settled on this apartment that we now call home, I knew that I could transform our balcony with a touch of a few fresh pots, herbs, cherry tomatoes and flowers.
This post is all about how to start an herb garden on your deck!
Last week I took a trip over to Home Depot to gather my supplies. My list consisted of the following items…
- (4) Terracotta Clay Azalea Pot- 6″ or 8″
- Miracle-Gro Potting Soil
- Garden Gloves
- Rosemary Plant
- Cherry Tomato Plant
- Mint Plant
- Sage Plant
- Basil Plant
- Home Depot 5 Gal. Bucket
you don’t have to have a green thumb:
Starting and maintaining any sort of garden whether is as simple as mine, or large garden beds can have its challenges. I knew that I wanted to keep mine simple and manageable, I learned from our old house that you don’t have to be an expert to just get started. Since it is still pretty early in the season for summer flowers, I began potting a few herb plants. There’s just something about clipping your own fresh herbs when preparing for dinner!
taking good care:
My routine is simple as far as taking care of each plant, I water daily and spritz them so that the soil is moist. On days when it is super beautiful out, I place them in the sun and then carry them into the shade once they have had enough exposure. Since our temperatures are not consistent quite yet, I sometimes carry each pot inside on days or nights that it gets too cold!
I know that this might sound a little nutty-these are just plants, but at the same time I spent money on everything and I want to be-sure to take good care of it all. If my green-thumb would help me grow a money tree one-day then maybe I wouldn’t have to worry too much about it!
what I am growing:
I pretty much have to stick to potting herbs and small tomato plants only, due to the lack of space on my deck. One day soon, when we purchase a house, I will have more room for a true garden bed. But for now, we will still to some deck pots!
I specifically picked pre-grown plants because I am impatient!
- Cherry Tomatoes
how I stay organized:
I use a 5-gallon utility bucket to store all of my tools, gloves, soil and any other odds and ends. This way everything is all in one spot! When it comes to potting everything- I use an old sheet or cardboard box to catch any loose soil that may fall out. I can then simply shake everything off my surface and have a clean deck afterwards.
favorite garden accessories
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