My Porch Garden

My Porch Garden
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Here’s a picture of my porch garden. I’m growing vegetables, herbs, annuals and houseplants in containers on this little porch out back. The weather is my biggest problem with this container garden because it is full sun, sometimes the heat is unbearable back there. A list of the plants pictured after the jump. 
potatoes (yes, in a container. The yellow one to be exact)
Hot peppers
Mexican Sour Gherkins
Lemon cucumbers
Queen Anne’s pocket melons
Black-Eyed Susan Vine
Edible Sunflowers
Lemon Verbena
Pineapple sage
Mojito Mint
Ground Cherries
Some cacti & succulents
Amaryllis bulbs,
Anise hyssop
Pineapple lily
Scarlet runner beans
A vine whose name I can’t remember at the moment for the life of me!
One thing that I’ve learned gardening in a small space this year is that rounded containers are a waste of valuable space. What are you growing in your small space?


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  • So cool to see a non-macro of your garden. It looks awesome, even the coleus(es?) seem to deal with the sun. I love the wheeled cart as a plant stand, so practical. If you really want ugly, though, you're gonna need weeds, uneven lawn edging, unrolled up hoses, poison ivy, buckthorn, six-feet plants flopping all around, weeds up the ying yang... um, you know, my garden. ;-) (LOL a friend and I try to one-down each other (instead of one-up); I guess ugly gardening is like that too.) P.S. I dig my rectangular storage box container (with holes drilled in bottom) that held my potatoes.

  • In reply to gardenfaerie:

    I found that in the alley and kept it because the window box planter was full of my little cacti & succulents. Right now it is holding the strawberries and the windowbox basil. I love that piece of junk because I was able to get a few pots off the ground with it.

  • Wow MBT, very impressive how much you're growing in your small porch space! I'm envious of the full sun. It must be a bit challenging keeping everything watered through some of the horrendously hot weather we've had this season. I suspect your pop bottle drip irrigation system must help alot to ease the watering chores.

    Our two veggie beds are both small spaces, and even if they were together in one space it would still be pretty small for a veggie garden. We can still grow lots of stuff in the beds, and they're about as packed as your porch is. We're growing beets, kale, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, basil, a bunch of different lettuces, beans, cucumbers, 4 kinds of sweet peppers, (rainbow colors - red, orange, purple, and yellow,) and 8 different heirloom tomatoes - Gajo de Melon (thanks Gardenfairie!) Glacier, Siberia, Chadwick cherry, Cour di bue, Rutgers, Green zebra, and yellow pear. Earlier in the season our two small veggie beds also held three or four different kinds of radishes, arugula, spring onions, and peas. We take full advantage of the space we have with succession planting. The cukes grow where the peas were, and the beans grow where the radishes, onions, and arugula were.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Yeah, the sun makes it a challenge but now that I've almost growing veggies there for a full year I think I can make a better plan for next year. In the past I've only used it to grow my houseplants and this year was an experiment of sorts. So far so good. I've got ideas and a plan for next year which should hopefully help me expand the amount of edibles I'm growing there.

    You're doing pretty good with growing veggies too eve though you don't get full sun. The beans I forgot to plant and they're definitely going to go in next year.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    We are growing many of the same things in containers, including potatoes and stevia! Fun to experiment and see how ideas will evolve for next year :)

  • In reply to mrimomma:

    LOL at the name you chose to comment here with. I'm already thinking about next year and will probably make a post about it soon.

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    Really? Changes coming?

  • In reply to MrBrownThumb:

    This is awesome. Great use of space. Mojito mint? sounds interesting, i didn't know there was a difference with regular mint.

  • In reply to Guadalupe:

    Yeah, apparently Mojito mint is THE mint you're suppose to make Mojitos with since it is the one grown in Cuba. It is tasty.

  • In reply to ssgardengirl:

    Wow, that is a lot on your porch. But how interesting to see all that stuff. Mojito mint sounds cool. Makes me want to make herbaltinis!

  • In reply to gardenmom29:

    I'm hoping to have a nice harvest of that mint so that I can make some mojitos with it this weekend. Looking at the picture above I see that I had room for more but I got lazy at the end of spring and didn't completely grow what I wanted. Maybe next year.

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