6/19/15

Oh Kale Yeah! - Easy Container Garden


Not only do I love to garden, but I'm also a huge foodie so during the warmer months, I can't stop myself from adding to the garden throughout the season. This year I'm currently growing garlic, roma tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, tomatillos, yellow tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, pumpkins, artichokes, edamame, zucchini, beans, peas, lettuces, arugula, a slew of herbs, and of course annual and perennial flowers. If I could...I'd grow even more!

One of the great things about gardening is the flexibility. You can just grow one plant - or plant hundreds. You don't need to have a large yard, or even a yard at all. Depending on your climate, or your home, you can even extend the growing season or grow plants that are out of character for your region. It's fun to experiment and see what works and doesn't and of course, it is extremely rewarding when you've grown something that you can then turn into an amazing meal!

Today I wanted to share a quick and simple project that can work for anyone looking to get into gardening, and no matter the space you have to work with. Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables if you're short on space, and it also is a nice way to spruce up your outdoor space. You don't have to plant exclusively flowers on your porch/deck/patio - be creative!

You can plant practically anything in a container garden but today I'm doing kale for a few reasons: it's hardy and easy to grow, can be harvested all season and will keep growing, doesn't mind a bit of cold weather (so if you're in the Northeast like me, it will have a longer season than other plants), and it looks actually rather pretty!


I chose two different types of kale - Red Russian and Westlander. A bonus was that both were grown by a local farm and certified organic. It's not always easy to find organic starts so I was super excited when I found not only organic starts but also locally grown ones. A+!




While kale does get pretty big, you can actually grow quite a bit in one container - especially if you are continually harvesting! I love the colors of the two types I'm growing!


With just a few supplies you can have a nice little garden that anyone, despite experience or skill can grow fairly successfully! I would love to hear what you grow in your gardens, or even, what you'd like to grow - please share in the comments!

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