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Start Your Own Patio Veggie Garden

Start Your Own Patio Veggie Garden

June is here and it's the perfect time to embrace the fresh, vibrant foods at your local farmers' market! There's nothing quite like wandering through stalls brimming with colorful fruits, crisp veggies, and aromatic herbs. Plus, supporting local farmers feels great and connects you to your community. 

Farmers' Market Fun

Visiting the farmers' market is an adventure in itself. I love to grab my tote bags and ride our tandem bike to our local market to stroll through the bustling aisle. I find everything from juicy strawberries to crisp lettuce this time of year and maybe even some unique finds like garlic scapes and rhubarb. I like to chat with the farmers too since they often have the best tips on selecting and storing produce.

I would love to have a huge garden, but when I have tried it has turned into a salad bar or buffet for the local deer, raccoons, and rabbits. Instead I have resorted to container gardening for my veggies. Even if you don’t have a sprawling backyard, you can still grow a bountiful garden right on your patio or porch! Container gardening is a fun and rewarding way to enjoy fresh, homegrown veggies.

Why Container Gardening?

Container gardening is fantastic for so many reasons. It’s space-efficient, making it ideal for those with limited outdoor areas. Plus, pots and containers can be moved around to catch the best sunlight, and they offer excellent drainage to keep your plants happy and healthy. Not to mention, there's something incredibly satisfying about stepping outside and picking fresh veggies for our meals.

What You’ll Need

Head to your local nursery or garden center to pick up seeds or young plants. Some easy-to-grow options include tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and herbs like basil and mint. I don't like to wait so I usually start with young plants to get a jump on our short growing season. Opt for high-quality potting soil. It’s lighter than garden soil and designed to provide the right nutrients and drainage for container plants.

Most veggies need about 6-8 hours of sunlight a day. Make sure your containers are placed in a spot where they can soak up plenty of rays. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

    Caring for Your Patio Garden

    Container plants dry out faster than those in the ground, so check them daily and water as needed. The soil should be kept moist but not soggy. Pinch off any dead leaves and prune as needed to encourage healthy growth. Harvest your veggies regularly to enjoy them at their peak and to keep the plants producing.

    Enjoy the Veggies of Your Labor

    There’s nothing quite like the taste of veggies you’ve grown yourself. From vibrant cherry tomatoes to fresh basil for your pesto, the possibilities are endless. Since it can be months until harvest, you can enjoy and support your local farmers' market and have the best of both! 

    So this June, why not transform your patio or porch into a mini oasis of green? Happy planting, and may your garden thrive!

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