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It’s certainly not spring planting weather here in Michigan yet but I wanted to add a few new things to the front porch to make it look and feel a little more like planting season. I’ve decided to limit my use of flowers this year and fill my planters with edibles. Flowers are pretty but also so expensive that I’ve opted to fill the raised beds and all my galvanized buckets with mainly garden veggies that can grow in containers.
Did you happen to notice I swapped my tan cushions out for gray? I get about 2 years out of the cushions and then they need to be replaced and this was the year. I’ve had the cushions, from Menards, for quite some time but the weather wasn’t nice enough for me to put them out but I wanted to snap a few pictures so the swap happened.
If you’ve read past garden posts you know whatever I grow in the veggie garden normally goes to the bunnies and deer. I have such a hard time keeping them out of the garden but apparently I’m up for a challenge and I’ll be tackling a small garden this year. Am I stupid or ambitions, lol?
My plan is to buy 10 Boston Ferns like I always due and rather than buy flowers I’ll purchase veggie plants to put in containers on the steps of the cabin. I know not everything can grow in a container but I plan on doing all my herbs, cabbage, radishes, carrots, peppers, and tomatoes. I’ve even successfully planted green beans in containers the only problems with it is there’s not enough space to grow as many as I’d like.
In my raised bed gardens I’ll do zucchini, green beans, and peas. I have a local farm where I purchase corn so I won’t even bother with planting that. I’ve had great success with keeping the deer from eating my fruit trees by tying a bar of Irish spring soap from each tree so maybe I’ll run a few bars through my cheese grater and sprinkle the shreds around the garden. Maybe it will keep the deer and rabbits away. I guess it’s worth a try anyway.
I have an old gardening book that tells the ways of the pioneers and they have such great tips on companion gardening so I’ll bring that back out and give it a study before I start filling my galvanized containers. If you have any tips that I need to know, leave them in the comment section below please.