Thursday, May 7, 2015 / 27 Comments

I'm Growing My Own Salad Bar on the Front Porch

                                                                         

I had this off the wall idea this year that I wanted to grow food in most of my pots so we could get healthy and also not have to walk all the way around to the garden every time I want to cook...so I filled my pots on my porch with vegetables. 

                                      

Swiss chard, kale, rainbow chard, and spinach all fill the pots on my front porch. 


I just have to step outside the door to snap off some green onions in an old pot. I even planted jalapeno peppers and tomatoes on the porch and lots of fresh herbs.

                                            
                                                         

 They are just now starting to germinate. I'm so excited. The pots are starting to fill in and look so pretty but the bonus is wonderful veggies you can pick and eat and they just keep growing.



Once you step off the porch... I have 12 pots scattered throughout my flower beds full of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. The pots are old and nothing fancy some are plastic pots that came from the nursery I bought the plant in. I'm quickly running out of pots so tomorrow and this weekend I'm going on the hunt for some, and I'm not  You can see here my first squash seeds are sprouting and it won't be long until it's lush and beautiful and spilling over the pot full of delicious squash that we can chop and toss into salads or fry or turn into squash boats.

I'm just getting started I have many things I'm going to grow on my porch this year.

Another perk is the pots are making my newly planted flower beds look so lush and full this year while I wait for my new bushes and plants to reach their maturity.

With all the rain we have been having it's helping everything to grow. 

How about your veggie garden? Are you going to grow one this year?

I'd love to hear.

Hugs from Oklahoma,

Valerie

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27 comments:

  1. You have inspired me to start a container garden. I was thinking of just flowers but, hey...why not be able to eat something from those containers...awesome idea.

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  2. The farm where I volunteer is a 7,000 square-foot container garden. Yup, everything's in pots. We grow lettuce, onions, kale, swiss chard, beets, snap peas, spinach and a host of other things. So, it can be done!
    I'll bet you could score some free pots by looking at Craig's List or placing an ad on their "wanted" section. I usually get mine from my neighbors' recycle bins.

    Lookin' good! Keep it growin'! Glad you have been blessed with rain. ;0)

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  3. Daisy, I so want to see pictures of this place you volunteer. I keep searching for it on your blog. Do you have any posts about it?

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    1. All of our "Farm School" posts just under the header are about my time at the farm. Enjoy!

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  4. this is an excellent idea. There are many veggies they in the past couldn't be raised in a container but now have seed versions that can, like container bush sugar peas from Burpee Seeds that have a short growth habit for a container. My sister ordered some and I got a few to try. I recently plopped a bush zucchini in one of my very large pots that became available. Good luck. Post pictures when things start coming to fruit!

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    1. Yes sugar peas are on my list to put in a pot. I put some zucchini in a pot too. Yes, I will post pics once they start to fruit. I want to see what yours do too.

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  5. I have all sorts of salad stuff growing too in pots. Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  6. What a fabulous idea! I grow herbs on my front porch ;-)

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  7. Yep love to grow veggies...and I do a lot in pots of various sizes or very small raised beds. We are on the same page..:)

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  8. Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thanks for taking the time to share your container garden ideal. Feel free to stop by the website to pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button.

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  9. This is a great idea! A lot of y herbs are in pots, but the rest is in the ground...but I would much prefer lettuce from a planter! I bet it doesn't get near as dirty as the stuff in the garden!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll stop back again this week!

    Lisa

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  10. I love how you're using your space so well! Thanks for sharing with us at the TGP. :)

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  11. What a great idea, Valerie! How lovely to have fresh spinach, chard, and green onions at your finger tips! Maybe I will give this try when the summer arrives. Thanks so much for sharing and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. I will be featuring this post at No Place Like Home on Monday. Enjoy your weekend.

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  13. I love gardening and the idea of growing my own salad sounds amazing. My only problem is that we have bunnies, raccoons and squirrels that like to eat the veggies as much as I do. How do you keep them away from your veggies? Thanks for your advice

    Nicole @ The Professional Mom Project

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  14. I love growing vegetables in my garden each year. I also love that there are several farms nearby where I can buy fresh produce and eggs. Best of both world.

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  15. How neat!! Its seems so simple but somehow it feels so complicated :) I think I'd like to give it another try when I have more free time on my hands, this was great!

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  16. I wish I could do this! But everything would die. My mom grows a lot of stuff in HER yard though and she shares :)

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  17. I'd love to do this!! I have the complete opposite of a green thumb. But it is on my vision board. I hope that in 10 years we have a garden growing veggies in our backyard!

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  18. I do plan on growing my veggie garden again this year. I really look forward to having fresh veggies. It's such a huge difference from store brought.

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  19. Wow amazing. Glad you have a green thumb, because mine is so black, lol. I can't grow anything.

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  20. I am sure when you walk out and see it all together it is an amazing experience. I wish I could keep plants alive. I am so jealous. If I could do this. I would save so much, since I live on a plant based diet.

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  21. That's so cool, well done you! x

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  22. I love gardening and this is great idea. I should try growing vegetables in pot.

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  23. Omg this is so cool! You are becoming so self sufficient by supplying your own vegetables! This is so inspirational that I definitely would love to give a try creating my own salad bar!

    Crissy
    www.whimsicalfawn.com

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  24. Bravo to your for promoting sustainable lifestyle! Hope your neighbours will encourage too to do the same. Plus you could make us of those empty cannisters :)

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  25. Your veggie garden looks amazing. My mom also love gardening and she grows her favorites in the garden. These days she is obsessed with her so many different colors of roses which she has in her garden!

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