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.