Happy Friday! I’m typing this while enjoying a delicious salad using my porch lettuces. Ha, yes really! I don’t have a ton of outdoor space here, but I’m determined to make the most of the space I do have. And actually, my porch plants (as I like to call them) are doing really well! Keep reading for a little update on what I’m growing in my garden this summer AND for small space vegetable garden tips!
First off, I purchased all of my plants from Mangone’s Garden Center in Mamaroneck, NY.* Growing up my dad would always start our garden from seeds. Our sunroom would be taken over by trays and trays of seedlings each spring and while it was really cool to get to watch them grow, I wasn’t looking to convert my fireplace room to a greenhouse! (Side note: my fireplace room has been serving as the “time out” room for all of our mail and packages that have to air out for a couple of days before we open them. Anyone else have one of these rooms right now?)
*Mangone’s is doing a great job making sure their shopping experience is as safe as possible!
I decided to start with romaine lettuce, arugula, cilantro, and parsley. So far all four of these plants have really taken off! I have more cilantro/parsley than I know what to do with! Funny story, I stupidly planted my cilantro and parsley in the same pot and they’ve kind of blended together making it basically impossible to tell them apart! (Even when I sniff them!) So now anytime I want to use my fresh herbs when cooking I end up with a cilantro/parsley blend (now known as parslantro).
Each day or every other day I make sure to snip my parslantro since apparently if you don’t stay on top of your cilantro it’ll “bolt.” Again, since I can’t really tell the two apart I just clip the entire pot! Live and learn, am I right?
With my lettuces and parslantro doing so well I decided to add to my porch garden a little! So the other day I grabbed some more herbs (basil, mint, rosemary), a couple of heirloom tomato plants, and more arugula. We’ll see if I have any success with my tomatoes. Fingers crossed though!
Since my entire vegetable garden is located on my extremely tiny & narrow porch, I used a bunch of medium size pots to house my plants. I’ll link some affordable and more decorative options below. Pro Tip: raid your parents’ garage if they live nearby because they probably have a couple of unused pots laying around.
For anyone with NO outdoor space, but you still want a little garden, try out these countertop pots that are perfect for herbs or even lettuces! I have a set of these on my counter with some herbs and not only do they brighten up the room, but they also make my kitchen smell great!
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