Happy Garden Sunshine

Early morning mist, sun peeking through after days of rain showers and plants are loving every second of it.  The porch garden loves the light and I love photographing the plants in their delight.  Even the baby rabbits climb the large staircase to get to them for a nibble on the veggies and herbs even when they have their full in the Promise Gardens.  Gardening is such a pleasure just for the pure enjoyment of it and diversion from busy schedules.  Happy weekend my gardening friends and enjoy your garden labors at the table!  xox

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Veggie Cart for Two

Good Morning Gardeners!  It’s a beautiful morning here in the Promise Gardens and perfect for tending and watching plants grow.  The birds are chirping, bees buzzing, sun shining, water rippling, puffy clouds and gorgeous color everywhere.  The rains have been magnificent providing growth of the grapevines, strawberries, herbs, veggies and more!  A delight indeed!

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Isn’t this cute?  It is my newest planter.  We have two of these carts* which are fabulous for gardening.  I decided to use one for my kitchen garden this year filling it with squash and cucumber plants.  The choice was either a deck raised bed or the large containers and I opted to use this cart for a fun punch of color and funky look.  The neat thing is the sides of the cart come down so I have the option to open them and allow the plants travel if needed.  The beauty of the cart is you don’t have to deal with wire, plastic netting and the like to keep the critters out.  Since we are planting veggies for two, it’s perfect.  The how-to is below.

VEGGIE CART

1.  Layer with landscape cloth, punch random holes for extra drainage.
2. Attach landscape cloth with plastic ties that lock.
3.  Attach arbor, flat tomato cage, wire, pallet, etc. for plants to climb.  I used the 3-pane box wire folded into thirds.
4.  Plant each veggie in large pot (or fill cart with soil and plant accordingly).
5.  Watch the veggies grow and oh my yum they are delish!**

This is a very easy way to grow veggies just outside the kitchen door.  Like herbs, you need them close by to use and tend.  This is also an easy garden for those with small and limited space.

Watch the blog for posts with new ideas, plantings, garden décor and more.  Have a happy and creative gardening day!

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* Garden carts are available at Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply.
**  The rain fell for two days and I shot this image with my iPhone after.  I was shocked to see the plants had doubled in size and there are already 3 squash popping out!  Amazing!

Some Like It Hot — Peppers in Containers

Peppers, Peppers & More Peppers

Remember those peppers I planted last year? You may remember my discussion about where and how to plant and I shared that I plant mine in containers, planters, and baskets on my porch where they get 100+ sunny temps and grow like crazy. Alas, I am posting a photo I shot last year when I harvested the first batch. They are gorgeous and really yummy hot! I plant them everywhere and this year my planting included a few new varieties, including, “Hot Hot Cherry Red Peppers” which I love especially for breakfast with eggs and bacon. (Yes, I am truly a Southern gal)!

We know tomatoes, herbs and other veggies can grow quite well in containers. I grow all of mine in them and I would not do it any other way since they are in planters right off the kitchen and allow me to “grab” what I need for dinner in seconds. I also like the easy care of them. You can see my older posts here when I first started out in this process of vegetable container gardening for more information. Just click on “categories” link for the posts.

Give them a try and if you like “hot and spicy” food like us “Cajun, Creole, Southern and Southwestern” cooks do, try some of these for instant gratification.   Enjoy, Chef Jacy

What’s New the Promise Gardens?

What’s new in the Promise Gardens? We have been super busy working in the gardens, garden shows, photoshoots and preparing for the Children’s Photoshoot in July! We did find a bit of time to plant our usual favorites for summer — veggies! There is just something really special about fresh “I grew them myself” in the garden veggies and herbs! Try it!