I told myself I wasn’t going to share photographs of our porch garden until the plants had time to grow and fill in, but really, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning ready to burst with excitement. I love coming home in the evenings and opening up the back door. Dinner tastes better when it’s eaten outside- did you know that? I look forward to sitting outside next to the beau, hearing about his day and soaking up the sun. I am predicting that many washcloths will be made out on that back porch this summer.
A little about our garden: neither one of us had time this year to start our plants from seed. It takes a lot of work and patience to help those seedlings grow. With that being said, this year we visited a new greenhouse (to us) in Latham, Valoze’s. I loved it there! For starters, it was huge! The variety of plants seemed endless and everything was organized well for easy finding. Another perk in my book: it was clean and smelled fresh. This is not the case in other greenhouses in the area. And I know, I know, it’s a greenhouse with dirt but a good sweeping makes all the difference. We immediately got ourselves a box and dived into the aisles oooo-ing and ahhhh-ing over the possibilities.
Last year we grew a lot of leafy greens. This year we decided against it because we had too much leafy greens! Even after offering an endless supply of lettuce to our neighbor, we still had too much leftover because of what we were also receiving via Field Goods. We took a different route this year and thought about what we didn’t get in our share last year and what wasn’t offered at Engelke Farm. Herbs! Coupled with my favorite edible flowers, we have quite the selection!
- a Spanish cilantro
In our big planter pot, the beau picked out two varieties of eggplants and a jalapeno pepper plant. This is also the home of our gnome aka last year’s souvenir from the Met’s fourth of July game. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the grass that is planted in that little green pot; there’s a kitty cat that will be thrilled when the seeds decide to reach for the sun.
The two hanging baskets we purchased at Engelke Farm in Brunswick. We had a sunny orange wonder last year and I loved how it grew in all directions. It really is a beautiful sight to look up at dusk and have the porch ceiling covered in bright orange flowers amongst a string of lights. The purple petunias I chose simply because bees can see the color purple. I purchased two different seed packets of morning glories that I still need to plant once I pick up a new container and more soil. My plan for those is to plant them at the base of the iron railing so that they climb up toward the ceiling. Last year they even climbed up the side of the adjacent building- so pretty!
Remembering to water the garden in the morning is another task added to our never-ending “must-do” list before running out the door, but I’m pretty sure we both don’t mind. It’s amazing what a little green adds to your daily life.