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My Vegetable Container Garden

Hello! Today I’m headed to Atlanta to go to the Haven Conference. If any of you happen to be going, I’d love to meet you. I don’t go to as many conferences any more (I’m such a homebody!) but about every other year I try to attend one, so this is the year. :)

Awhile back I had a question on what my container garden looks like. I’ve been actually meaning to put together a proper post about it for awhile, but I haven’t done it yet.

But yesterday I started to wonder, what in the world IS a proper post? I don’t mind showing you guys the undone or in between stages, and I do that as often as I can. Yet I do find that sometimes I just get an unrealistic idea in my head of what certain posts should be like before I share them. Then that high expectation keeps me from actually DOING what it is I intend to do.

Even if you don’t blog, you may relate to this crazy cycle of procrastination or perfectionism in other areas of life, too. I will put some things off because I know I want to focus on them or be able to do them better, when I have more time … later … and then it never happens.

I might have envisioned in my mind that the ideal would be to give you the full tour of my yard (when it was fully finished and weeded, of course) and feature my beautiful container gardens once they were filled with glorious veggies. I’d add descriptions for what to plant and a thorough step-by-step of how to start your own container garden. That would be a great post! Sounds a bit like what Martha would do, doesn’t it? Well, I’m clearly not Martha. :)

My Vegetable Container Garden

So this is what our container garden looked like when I first planted the pots. I originally wanted to build beautiful big planter boxes, but instead we opted for planting the tomatoes, peppers, and lettuce this year in the (food safe) in barrels we already had (from here years ago). It was so easy!

And I have to say I am so happy that we just went ahead and planted the garden because we’ve been eating delicious and healthy lettuce and kale for a few weeks now. Soon we’ll have tomatoes and peppers, too!

I took these photos on my cell phone just to text to my mom back when we first planted the pots. The photos were never intended to be shared in a blog post since the plants were so small you can’t even see them!

Yesterday I was thinking about the sweet reader who asked me about the container garden. Was she asking me to put together a Pinterest ready photo spread of my vegetables as soon as they were lush and ready for picking, or was she just curious to see the pots and hear about the garden? I don’t know what she expected, but I know I can sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be :).

So, I told myself that if I can show my mom these photos to give her an idea of what our garden was going to look like this year, I can share them with you all for the same reason.

My Vegetable Container Garden

Even though I hope to share more from our yard this summer, at least now you can visualize it before the summer is over :).

If you don’t have much room in your yard, or you tend to make a project like planting a garden more complicated than you have time for, a container garden can be a simple solution.

We bought organic plants and soil so we know what we are growing for our family is as healthy as it can be! It’s fun to “live off the land” and prepare meals from our own humble garden.

You can find similar barrel planters online here (or the ones I have) and similar vegetable cages here.

One last thing for today, I just wanted to thank you guys SO MUCH for your help in voting for our rug designs. You guys are amazing!

The competition is over Thursday and as I’m writing this, the striped rug with the cross trim IS in the top ten, but it definitely needs more votes to have any hope of staying there. The starburst rug isn’t currently in the top ten, but it is SO close that we could get there if everyone who hasn’t voted yet felt inspired to give it a quick <3 via the links below!

My Vegetable Container Garden


It’s so easy to vote, it is just a click and then heart. If you have a few friends you could ask to help vote, too, we would be ever so grateful. The top ten rugs will be produced in 2018 by Dash & Albert, so it would be a complete dream come true for us! Thank you, sweet friends!


  1. Melinda Young

    Love your lil garden!!

  2. Sherry M

    Thanks for this post. I asked about your container garden and it is reaffirming to me that you did what was achievable. I want salad and herb items. I love green plants but I am a terrible lazy gardener. When I was young, starting out and had more time than money I tried starting from seed and boy was that a waste. mold killed them and I had to buy plants to catch up. Now I just want to get some fragrant plants, put in pots and enjoy the smells, color and fruit of life. There are some great pots on the market that catch the excess water and are forgiving of neglect I might give them. I use every aid to me a lazy gardener.

  3. Cathy

    I think container gardens are a wonderful gardening solution! They are much easier to manage than a traditional garden in the ground, and efficient as you can choose your favourite plants that give you the most bang for your efforts.

  4. littleblackdomicile

    We live in a townhouse and containers are all we have to deal with now. Love it! I think it makes us more creative and feel like real gardeners.-Laurel

  5. Mary Tice @ Simply Tice Life

    I love your garden! I have a simple container garden with tomatoes, green and yellow bell peppers, herbs and a few daisies. It’s beyond wonderful to go outside to my patio and pick veggies and herbs for dinner that night! Hopefully all your veggies come in quickly and are tasty as well.

    Quick question, what do you use for bug control? I’m currently using a bit of soapy water on the leaves and picking off any grubs I see, just as my grandma taught me. While safe, it’s time consuming and I would love a better suggestion!

  6. Christina

    You’re post is very inspiring today! I’m so excited to start a blog and have wanted to for quite some time. I get so anxious that everything I want to write about isn’t perfect or my pictures aren’t quite right. we do need to embrace right now and not worry about being perfect (although your blog always looks perfect to me!! ) thank you for your “Inspired” words today!

  7. Debbie

    I voted for both rugs again for good measure :) Wishing you all the best in this fun competition!

  8. Anita Burksfield

    I also have fruit in pots, Rasberrys,Blackberry, Gooseberry,Blueberry,Loganberry ,Blackcurrent too& Strawberrys in a giant ? also in a tower pot. I haven’t ever grown them before & now my Strawberrys are putting out feelers & growing young ones. Even trailing blackberries in hanging baskets.
    Really proud of myself too.As I cannot tend my garden because of spine problems I have Veg Trugs too instead, Along side my flowers in pots & basket. Love doing it.

  9. Lisa Z

    I love this. It’s very doable and approachable–unlike most Martha stuff. We live on a wetland and get lots of wildlife, so containers on the deck are the best garden style for us. I have to keep the critters out! This year I just did herbs but I think I’ll try tomatoes and peppers and lettuces next year. It sounds so yummy right now!

  10. Linda Grubbs

    Love your little garden!! I love growing fresh veggies but have gotten lazy over the years…only thing I have now is basil!
    But I think maybe you have -once again- inspired me! ?….It’s too hot in KS to start anything now… but next spring would work!
    Have fun at your Conference.
    I can’t wait for the rug results… FINGERS CROSSED!!!

  11. Patsy

    Love reading all the comments. Lots of valuable ideas to incorporate in my garden.

  12. Joe Schmoe

    I absolutely… love..the little fern like weed that you have growing from the side of your concrete. Did you put some of that in your salad too? (He says sarcastically)

  13. D.

    My very first thought when viewing the initial photo in this post was, “Ooh – nice gate.” The second thought was “that looks like an actual, real yard”. Thank you for being real with us, your faithful and loving readers. Your words are a great reminder that perfection is not always necessary – fresh, organic, and ready to eat is just right!

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