Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Potted pathway garden ~

I usually plant winter greens in raised beds at the back far reaches of the garden, but on dark, cold nights it just isn't appealing to trek back there to pick fresh lettuce or herbs for my dinner never knowing if I will come face to face with a raccoon or coyote. It can be a little daunting.

So this year I decided to try something new.

At Home Depot I found six packs of mixed lettuce and  asian greens, along with chives, parsley and sage. this was all I really needed.

I had two wide, but not deep pots, that were perfect for the lettuces, and as you can see in the pictures  they have thrived. 

I put the pots along the pathways closest to my back door. It has worked out so well that today I potted up a Swiss chard plant to add to my little potted pathway vegetable plot.

I know that Swiss chard can grow quite large so this will be an experiment. It would be nice if it does as well as the other vegetables. If this works out next year I might expand my list and perhaps try some peas on a little trellis in a pot. I love Chinese pea pods.

I fact maybe it isn't too late and I can plant some for this year.  I think I need to make another trip to the nursery.


Winter has become one of my favorite seasons in the garden. Not many flowers but what is blooming stands out and the greens look so intense. Even the bare branches have a certain beauty. And, it is so nice not to have to deal with the increasingly intense heat of our spring and summer days.

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  1. Great idea. I was going to give away some planters but now may keep them and plant some veggies in them like you do. Have to wait until the freezing temps are over with though.

  2. This is so beautiful! I know what you mean about coyotes. It seems like a great solution. Your garden is so beautiful! 🌸

  3. That was me who left the unknown comment. I was on my phone, and didn't realize I was not signed in. Your garden is so beautiful! xo Su

  4. Adrienne, that is a really good idea. Seems so much easier to deal with now. I didn't realize that you had such a large piece of property. When we stay at my daughter's we often hear the coyotes at night. I wouldn't want to come face to face but I do love to hear them..Happy Wednesday..Judy

    1. Yes, it's big...far too big really for little old me. LOL. I live near a river wash so wildlife wanders down from the San Gabriel Mountains. I feel sorry for them but I really would rather keep my distance especially in the dark!

  5. I have never tried to grow them in pots, but you inspired me to do this next winter. Lettuce doesn't do well during the summer, but I think winter would be a perfect time. I do have pots that they can go in. Thanks for the inspiration.

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