This post was sponsored by Burpee Plants, but (as always!) all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that make Lake Shore Lady possible!
Our Porch Garden
Hey friends! I am SO excited about today’s post because it’s all about our PORCH GARDEN! If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember that we became HUGE fans of Burpee Plants last year when we turned our porch into a little urban garden. Adam in particular realized that he has a major green thumb, and we quickly realized that this was going to be an annual tradition.
While we’d recommend setting up a porch garden any year, it’s an especially good idea this year considering we’re all spending more time at home than usual! Growing your own fruits and vegetables is not only really fun and exciting, but you also get the freshest and most flavorful produce this way. And you can practice social distancing while you do it! Win win!
Where should I get my fruits and vegetables?
When it comes to growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs, we can’t recommend Burpee Plants enough. Bupree was created to make gardening easy, and all of their plants are trialed and selected to ensure that you have success with them when you plant them at home. They also have a TON of information on their website about every single plant, how much sun/water it needs, when to harvest, and more. How cool is that?!
Want to try them out? Just go to their Store Locator and enter your zip code to find retailers near you!
The Best Vegetables for A Porch Garden
If you’re tight on space, don’t worry! We only have a small porch and we make it work… and honestly, you don’t even need as much space as we do. With help from Burpee, we’ve discovered some of the best vegetables for a porch garden – no backyard necessary! Here are a few of our favorites this year.
This cherry tomato plant can grow about 65-72″ tall – and they have 40% more of the antioxidant called lycopene than similar types.
These small hot peppers thrive in the sun, and only grow to 12″ tall and 24″ wide. They may be tiny, but they’re spicy!
These peppers are also hot – and can stay in the sun! They grow a little bigger – between 20 to 24″ tall and 18 to 22″ wide. Plant in well-drained soil.
Do you prefer sweet peppers instead of spicy ones? These no-heat jalapeños give you all the flavor without the burn! These peppers produce high yields with well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.
The Sweet Slaw Cabbage might be the prettiest of them all – and it has a long harvest window, so we can enjoy it for a long time. This variety has a smooth, dense head that is perfect for slicing and shredding. Alternatively, the Sweet Thang Cabbage is a non-heading cabbage that is more like a sweeter, better tasting collards or kale.
Okay, basil isn’t a vegetable – but it is a great herb to add to your porch garden! We’ve been adding it to all of our Asian inspired dishes recently. So good!
Want to know more about gardening?
Don’t worry! Check out last year’s post to read about all of our tips! That post covers how to save space, thoughts on animal repellent, a helpful app, and more. Honestly, as long as you read directions and take advantage of helpful resources (like Burpee’s website!), you’ll be FINE. Figure out a schedule for watering them, check in on them each day, and enjoy watching them grow!
PS. You might also like How To Have a Garden In The City with Burpee Plants, How To Cook Pizza on the Grill, and Easy Roasted Grape Tomatoes.