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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