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Jessica’s Garden: Crafting with Container Gardening

Salvaged pots for herbs-2
Salvaged pots for herbs

Our family has certainly been relishing the sunshine this week. Then again, it’s going to be a while before you hear me complain about the heat after the long Winter we only just endured.  We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day for Mother’s Day. We spent the morning tinkering around the house and the garden and the afternoon with our families.

bantam eggs vs new brown eggs
Bantam eggs vs new brown eggs

I am relieved to report that this week, the chickens we bought this past Fall finally joined the ranks of our laying hens; narrowly dodging becoming chicken soup. We are currently receiving about two to three dozen eggs a week, which is likely to dramatically increase in just a short time. It’s exciting that all our patience and dedication to coop cleanings and feedings and letting them out every morning and tucking them in every evening is finally starting to pay off.

I also spent some time preparing a few large plots around the property for a few purposes.  Currently I have several berry bushes that I temporarily planted last season in my garden.  It seems they have doubled in size since Summer and are taking up valuable garden space.  I’d like to transplant them to the side of our large barn, so netting them against the birds once the berries mature will be easy.

I have decided this year to move most or all squash and pumpkin plants out of my fenced garden and to a plot in a large sunny spot behind our barn. They tend to be a bit too prolific and expansive so I thought a patch all to themselves would keep them from choking the space around my other vegetables. And lastly, I prepared the plot for the wildflower cutting garden I have committed myself to for a family friend’s Fall wedding.

I am becoming increasingly anxious about getting seedlings in the ground. I am feeling confident that there will be no more frosts at night. While some seeds are still slowly and stubbornly emerging, others are growing tall and strong and ready to be released from the greenhouse. Before the weather gets too hot, and it may already be too late, I am hoping to get the few winter veggies I have in the greenhouse planted in soil outdoors.

I have contemplated large planters for a few veggies too. At our old home, I had limited gardening space, so I became well accustomed to container gardening. Certain veggies go unfazed by being grown in planters, especially many herbs.  After all these years together, I am confident that I have finally started rubbing off on my husband. He came home with a trunk load of planters and a birdbath he had rescued from the side of the road.  Grayson was home sick from school today with a fever, so we spent a couple of hours on the front porch relaxing and crafting and playing rather than rotting in front of the television watching kiddy movies.

Salvaged pots for herbs-1
Salvaged pots for herbs

I took three of the large terra cotta pots that Chris acquired for me and painted them up for the front porch. I used chalkboard and acrylic paint and stencils from my craft stash. They were easy to create and inexpensive to say the least. I am really tickled with how they turned out and I love that they have come complete with natural aging.

To make, tape a square or rectangle with scotch or masking tape. Apply two-three coats of chalkboard paint inside the square with a foam brush.  While paint is still slightly wet, remove tape carefully.  Once dried, stencil with leaves or flowers.  Once all the paint has cured, label pots with plant names in chalk. While it’s likely best to let the paint cure a few days, I am impatient.  I potted them up with herbs and set them on the front porch.  I always enjoy moments when I can combine more than one of my hobbies together.

Posted By: Jessica J. Crawford Behnkes Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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