Active Adults Conquer Container Gardening

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The gorgeous weather over the past few weekends has sent folks flocking to plant nurseries for flowers and vegetables. Spring Planting Fever has definitely hit Metro Atlanta!

For many people, traditional gardening is too time-consuming, or they don’t have enough room in their yards for rows of tomato and cucumber plants, which is why container gardening is surging in popularity. For Active Adults in courtyard homes, this style of gardening feels like it was created just for them.

For small outdoor spaces, such as front porches and courtyards, “theme” plantings of herbs and vegetables make for delicious and fun container gardening. Some examples:

Pizza Garden – choose a large pot and include one or two varieties of tomatoes (one medium-size fruit, such as Mister Stripey, combined with a cherry or grape tomato is ideal), a couple of basil plants, and oregano. Depending upon the size of your container and plants (and pizza preference), you may also want to include a red or yellow pepper in the mix.

Grilling Garden – plant in a container close to your grill for easy access to fresh herbs that add flavor to your recipes. Plants to include: purple basil, sweet (green) basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage. A second, larger pot might contain the veggies you enjoy grilling, such as eggplant, peppers, and onions. Potatoes can also be grown in containers. Click the link to find out how

Salad Garden – choose several tasty lettuce varieties (choose loose leaf plants, such as romaine, bibb, and butterhead, as iceberg can be difficult to grow) or a mesclun mix (contains arugula, mustard, and more), radish, parsley, and edible nasturtiums, which provide both color for your container and a peppery flavor to any dish. Snip individual leaves, rather than harvesting an entire plant at once.

Traditional Garden – tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, green beans, etc. When planting in containers, choose “bush” varieties, or provide a trellis or similar climbing system to support the limbs when fruit begins to mature.

At Windsong, wide front porches and peaceful, private courtyards offer homeowners plenty of opportunities to grow – and harvest – attractive, tasty container gardens. After harvesting, invite over some of your neighbors to take part in the feast, or have a progressive-patio dinner, hosted by individuals whose container gardens have healthy yields.

Welcome to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!


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