20 Best Patio Garden Plants

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When perusing the gardening center, you might be wondering which plants are *best* if all you are working with is a small space such as a patio.

Patio Gardens are really perfect places t0 try your hand at growing your own food, as they are typically sunny and allow you to get water to them easily via a watering can or water bucket. If you are debating about planning a patio garden, take a look below at the perfect plants. These plants are not only the ideal size to grow in patio planters, but easy to care for.

The Perfect Patio Garden Plants:

  1. Tomatos & Cherry Tomatoes
  2. Potatoes (with these cool potato planter bags!)
  3. Peppers
  4. Strawberry plants
  5. Blueberry bushes
  6. Miniature fruit tree varieties
  7. Zuchinni & Summer Squash
  8. Spinach
  9. Pickling cucumbers
  10. Radishes
  11. Mint
  12. Sage
  13. Oregano
  14. Basil
  15. Chives
  16. Parsley
  17. Cilantro
  18. Rosemary
  19. Chives
  20. Thyme

The herbs mentioned above often need little space and actually do very well in a stacked pot like this one.

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For those with a tiny patio – go vertical to allow you to grow more plants!  Hanging wall planters like this one make it simple!

When you arrange small pots and even trellised varieties of these plants together, the end result is a lovely assortment of plants on your patio that offer color, convenience, and of course an abundance of food. All of these varieties are ideal for small spaces or to be grown in pots or by the use of trellis.

No matter what time of season it is, head to your local gardening center and see what varieties of these plants may be available. They are fool proof starter plants not only perfect for a garden patio, but perfect for a gardener who is just getting started out.

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If you’re looking for decorative patio plants – check out our post on making the perfect DIY Flower Planters!

Protecting Plants From Frost

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Jamie here!  We’ve been having some weirdly coooold nights following a couple weeks of very warm Spring days, and it’s got me worried about my little plant babies.

My Nanny always said to never plant your garden till after Derby Day.  My mail lady says she never plants hers until after Good Friday.  It’s really dependant on where you live and what kind of crazy Spring you’re having – but this frost date chart is a good tool to give you an estimate of when it’s safe to plant.

Whenever you decide to plant your garden or set out your pretty planters full of Spring flowers – a late frost can easily sneak up on you and ruin all that hard work.

When temps dip even close to freezing, a light frost can develop on the leaves of plants.  If they go much lower, the water-filled cells will freeze and the cell walls will burst, destroying the leaves.

For some tips on how to protect plants from freezing, or getting damaged, by a late frost – keep reading!

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Garden Like the Pros | 10 of the Best Vegetable Garden Planting Tips

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Do you wish you could garden like the pros do? If you are wanting to plant a flourishing vegetable garden this year that looks like that of a master gardener, take a look below at the top ten best vegetable garden planting tips. It turns out, you don’t need the greenest thumb, you just need these handful of tips to give you and your garden a little boost. In no time, you too can have a vegetable garden that others will envy.

Ready to get planting like the pros? Let’s look at how easy it is.

10 of the Best Vegetable Garden Planting Tips:

1. Plant in the late afternoon.
This will keep plants from the hot afternoon sun, and will allow them to settle in stress free.

2. Water in the morning and/or evening
Again, you are avoiding the hot afternoon sun, so more of your water stays in the soil where the plant needs it instead of evaporating.

3. Pay attention to spacing.
Follow spacing directions to avoid over crowding. Remember, plants will fill out and fill in as they grow.

4. Enrich your soil.
Lime and other nutrients can be used to make your soil rich. A soil testing kit can be purchased at your garden center so you can determine exactly what your soil needs to do its job.  Using a raised bed vegetable garden makes it much easier to control your soil.

5. Pair up plants.
Pair up your plants to help each other. Certain plants repel certain pests, so by making sure these plants are in your garden you can easily save the other plants from becoming lunch.

6. Add a little water to your planting hole.
Add a little sip to the hole before you place the plant in it. The roots will appreciate this extra boost.

7. Wait until the threat of frost has passed.
If you rush it and plant too early, your plants can easily be killed with the first frost. Don’t let your hard work go to waste. Wait until the last frost has passed.

8. Be mindful of where you plant.
You will want to be sure you are near a water source as well as a spot that gets as least 6 hours of sun. Be mindful of where you plant as these are important details to pay attention to.

9. Allow plants to harden.
Before placing in the ground, allow the plants to sit outside on the soil for a few days. This will harden them and get them use to the space they are about to live in.

10. Be selective.
Plant only the strong, colorful plants. You want hardy plants that are green and strong, lacking any wilt or yellowing. A sick plant will take nutrients from others trying to survive, so be sure to be selective and plant what you know will flourish.

See how easy it is to follow these tips? None of them are time consuming, and they don’t cost a lot to do either. Each one of these tips can make a huge difference to your vegetable garden and make sure you get professional results.

So pick one or try them all! You are only a few steps away from a garden even a pro would be jealous of.

DIY Flower Planters | How to Choose & Arrange Flowers for BIG Impact!

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Jamie here, if you’re wanting to try your hand at DIY Flower Planters this year (rather than buying the super-cute-but-crazy-pricey arranged pots at the garden center) I have a super-simple 3-Step Rule to share with you ;)  You need to purchase each of these types of flowers for maximum impact:

1) BOOM

2) FILLER

3) SPILLER

You’ll want to begin putting together your DIY Flower Planters by searching for these three types of flowers/plants to fill your pot.

*Keep in mind that they each need to have the same sun requirements

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The BOOM!

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Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

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Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

 

If you want to have a vegetable garden this year without the trouble of tilling, why not try out this Vegetable Garden Raised Bed project?  Using a raised bed garden means you have control of the soil quality, you’re able to reach the plants easily from all sides, and you can better protect your little garden from pests.  You can simply purchase one online or at a local hardware store – or you can build your own in just a few easy steps.

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10 Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed

 

What exactly are raised vegetable garden beds? Raised vegetable garden beds are great if you are working with a small amount of space. They keep weeds at bay,  allow for great drainage and protection from bugs. The  bed siding will protect your garden acting as a wall or fence, providing a barrier. As you can see, raised vegetable garden beds are quite idea for many reasons!

If you think these are the only benefits, think again…  The benefits of a raised vegetable garden bed are many. Read below to find out even more perks that can be brought your way this summer, courtesy of a raised vegetable garden bed!

The Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed:

  1. Raised garden beds reduce strain on the back when tending the bed.  In fact, with elevated  raised beds, you won’t have to bend over at ALL!
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  2. Raised beds on the ground do not have bottoms so they can still reach into the soil for nutrients.
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  3. Raised garden beds fit all budgetsFrom $30 beds on up, you can find great deals this time of year by watching the weekly hardware store ads.
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  4. Boxes can be made on your own for little cost – see our Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Tutorial Here!
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  5. They keep pests at bay, not only 6-legged ones, but furry ones like dogs, bunnies and more!
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  6. You can make multiple boxes to create  a cluster garden, with pathways between them.
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  7. They keep the soil toasty.
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  8. They allow you to plant earlier in the season.
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  9. You can build them in a way that allows you to drape netting over them easily, or tent them in the event of an unexpected frost.
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  10. Avoid soil compaction and improve drainage.

Convinced yet? When planning your garden, why not consider the many perks listed above of a raised vegetable garden bed? If you want to ease back strain, are limited on space, or just want to get an early jump on the planting season, a bed such as this could be the perfect arrangement for you!

Newspaper or Landscape Fabric | 5 Reasons Newspaper Kills Weeds BETTER!

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Newspaper or Landscape Fabric?

We’ve shared this tip before – but with the awesome weather we have had the last couple days it seemed like a good time to mention it again!

My kids helped me weed my flower beds today and I ran up to Lowe’s to get some mulch – but before I lay it down, I’m putting down some newspaper to save myself from weeding anymore this season.

Why Newspaper?  Once you’ve spent hours upon hours hunched over hand-weeding a flower bed – you’re in no hurry to do it again.  Here’s a little tip I learned from my mom  (the greenest thumb I know) about keeping out weeds in your flowerbeds….

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Not Just for Summer: Tips for Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

Gardens don’t have to be saved just for the summer season – get ready for Fall with a Fall Vegetable Garden!

Most everything you plant in spring you can grow in your fall garden, too.  Wouldn’t it be fun to enjoy your garden and all of its produce well into the fall season? Below, you will find tips for planting a fall vegetable garden that will continue to give you a harvest well after summer. You will notice that these are cool season plants, meaning they will tolerate a light frost. They will also thrive in short daylight hours and perform best with mild temperatures. So if planting a fall vegetable garden is something you wanted to try, read on! [Read more...]