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Feb 12th

Home Grown Foods

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veggieswindowHave you been driving through your community admiring your neighbors’ veggie gardens and flower beds? Do you feel a twinge of jealousy because you would like a garden of your own, but don’t know where to begin? Are you coveting your neighbor’s cucumber plants?? That was my story last year. From my kitchen, I could see my neighbor’s rather large vegetable garden, and I wanted one, too. The problem was I was unsure about the best placement of the garden-out of the way of my kids and their balls, in enough sun, and in a location that didn’t make the back yard look tacky. Instead of allowing all those questions to overwhelm me this season, I came up with a suitable solution: I created a garden on my deck and you can, too. It’s not too late, really! In fact, this is the perfect time to perk up your porch, patio, or deck with flowers or vegetable plants. Especially in these tough economic times, you could save big by growing your own food. I have recently seen prices slashed by up to 50%. So grab your work gloves, some dirt, and let’s create something tasty and beautiful!

I have to tell you that the idea for the deck garden really came from my two younger children. First, my son’s spring science lesson from school included watching various seeds grow. At the end, he brought home planted chives. Then my daughter, who loves the dollar section at Target, zeroed in on the plant-your-own-veggies kit and she just had to have it. She lovingly tended to her plants in their mini pots, which she kept safely in her room. Of course, I promised them both that we would plant them outside when the time was right. In the meantime, I was gathering plants also-tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and flowers- from garage sales, and other discount stores.

The day I bought the dirt, the children and I took all of our supplies-recycled pots, shovels, and dirt-out to the deck, and put on our gloves, (at least I did) and got busy. They were so excited about their slightly wilted plants that they had grown from seeds-they were finally coming out to play. They even made little labels for everything, taped them on toothpicks, and stuck them in the dirt.

My once drab deck has turned into this beautiful vibrant garden, with four different pepper plants, three types of tomato plants, herbs and flowers, and it just makes me smile! What makes me smile even more is that my children, who did all the work as a team, are enthusiastic about caring for and growing their own food…together. Enjoy!

Marcia Humphrey is an interior decorator and home stager who specializes in achieving high style at low costs. A native of Michigan, she and her husband, Lonnie, have three children.


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