Edible Gardens: Inside the Box

Guest Post by Lily Ellis of Birch + Bird

 Country Living. Photo by Mikkel Vang.

These days, it seems almost weekly that new alerts of what not to eat keep popping up in the news. As a mom of 3 young kids, it gets overwhelming keeping track of healthy food choices and eating organic can be expensive so I'm starting to see the growing importance of urban gardens. While a sprawling kitchen garden like the image above would be divine, some of the smaller container gardens below are far more realistic for most of us...




 Country Homes. Photo by Tim Young.



I just planted a variety of mixed herbs that we used as decoration for Scout Handmade + Vintage Market last weekend and I simply used a mishmash of different sized pots that I had on hand to group them in. Now, they're up on our deck within easy reach of our kitchen, just waiting to be added to my next recipe. No need to get fancy with custom vegetable boxes...use old wine crates or a collection of other containers that you already have and you'll be surprised at how many edible plants you can grow in even the tiniest outdoor living space!
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Lily co-writes with Rachel over at Birch + Bird. Together they organize local handmade + vintage markets and run a small Etsy shop. You can follow Birch + Bird on Facebook and Twitter.

Jan Halvarson

7 comments:

sweet harvest moon said...

Great idea!

Mary said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

Beautiful photos, makes me feel so SUMMERY!

silverpebble said...

So beautiful. I have a valerian planted in my old coal scuttle and a santolina in a giant olive tin. Fun!

The Bebebirds said...

My husband and I just planted a bunch of herbs and veggies in pots on our deck and we LOVE it. We live in an apartment so we've made it work for the space we have. Love these photos!

Brooke

Joshua said...

Planting your own veggies, herbs and spices has been a great idea. I also have my own mini-garden, with veggies and herbs on it. I decided to have one in our home because it is really convenient when you have your own stock of food. Also, I love the still photos that you featured on your blog post!

Madeline said...

Beautiful photos and inspiring ideas. I have an allotment that's organised in a series of beds, a bit like the Country Living garden (but not quite as pretty!)

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