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As spring unfolds here at The Little House, it means getting the party deck ready for long afternoons with a book, backyard bar-b-ques, and stargazing.
I consider myself a “deck gardener,” mostly because I’ve never had a yard that compliments any type of real gardening skills.
In the city, our yard was pie shaped, with the wider of the ends toward the front of the yard. We had one large tree in the middle of the backyard, which shaded our yard, as well as part of the neighbors. We also had the utility box for the whole block’s power and cable parked in the center of our yard by the back fence. Both obstacles made planting difficult and once we had the house treated for termites, we could not plant anything around the barrier of the house either.
Here at the Little House, it’s almost impossible to plant. The terrain is rock and the soil is really just red clay. Even the trees have a hard time rooting on the sides of these mountains, which is why they fall so easily in storms.
So, my deck gardening continued here and I take great pride in making the deck as colorful and fragrant as possible each year.
Right now, the only thing planted in my flower pots is Buddy. He likes to rest in one big one after a few lapse around the house with Sade and Emma.
But I will start my summer deck garden very soon. My favorite potted plants are geraniums. I think their look is beautiful and I love the idea of “dead heading” them when the old blooms wilt to make room for the new ones.
I put a few filler plants in the pots, including a couple of grassy spikes and let them work their magic.
Add a couple of big pots with smaller cherry tomato plants, a hanging basket or two with some grape tomatoes and I not only have a pretty combination of plants, but ones I can just pick lunch off of on my way from The Belle Writer’s Studio each day.
How about you? Are you a yard gardener, deck gardener, or both?