Container Gardening Plans

Peeks of Spring have been playing mind tricks on us here in the Atlanta area. Days warming into the near 70s followed by dreadful 40s the next. While Mother Nature is being a little schizo, the truth of the matter is Spring will eventually come and it has me thinking about the plans for my very first garden.

I truly don’t know where to start, but reinventing the wheel is never a good thing so I have decided to use the planters that are already attached to the deck as the home for my herbs.



There are five of these planters in total attached to various sides of the deck. Not sure right now if they will all have herbs or if I will try to plant strawberries in some like the photo below.

hanging strawberries

Here’s another inspiration photo of  what I see for the space. I want to have a chair and table and wind chimes out there. Can you tell I’m nearing 40!!

container garden

While I’m still uncertain about some of the logistics, I do know that I will forgo digging actual beds in exchange for container and box planting, at least for this season. This is the space where they will go.


The bare tree is a Crepe Myrtle and is so pretty bloomed. I hope it doesn’t provide too much shade. We shall see. As you can tell no grass grows there so I think the boxes, planters and containers will be perfect for prettying up the space.


Somebody…read not me, with extra thick gloves and good intentions will need to go in and clear out those rose bushes. They bloomed last year and were so pretty but they are too far gone and I have no idea how to keep them so they must go. Besides they are thorny and hurt and I don’t like the kids getting too close.

…and while whomever is out there digging up those rose bushes, I’m thinking they will need to repair the deck as well *adds to honey do list* I’m bossy!


Have you ever planted a garden? Do you have any tips for me?

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  1. I have yet to start a garden. I would buy little plants here and there, but no major work on a grand scale. Either way, I hope that whoever does pull up the rosebushes–I hope the get a glass of lemonade when they are done. 🙂
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  2. I’m about to move to place where i can’t have one but I’m hoping that I have a balcony because I want to start a small one on mine. I love the idea of fresh strawberries because I hate what we get in the grocery store.
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  3. I have a small vegetable garden every year and I think your idea of container gardening and starting small your first go round is a good one. You really get an idea of what grows well where, which areas are shadier than you thought, etc, that way.

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