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Last winter, I was enjoying a rare moment of peace….no kids or husband in the house, the garden didn’t need any attention and no articles to write. So, I decided to see what was on television. As I was channel surfing, I saw a gardening show and of course, I stopped and watched.
What I saw was the host and featured garden expert, showing how to grow vegetables and flowers together in containers. Since I love both vegetables and flowers, I was intrigued. So I bought the book written by the featured garden expert and got started.
I found nice plastic containers on sale along with some tiny trellises, as well as planting mix (NOT potting soil, which gets too soggy for container plants).
Planting mix is specially formulated for containers – it has a light texture and holds just the right amount of moisture for plants.
Then, I started planting. I came up with the vegetable and flower combinations on my own and I must admit that I was happy how they turned out…
The first container has purple violas, spinach, bell pepper plant and nasturtiums. I started all of these from transplants, except for the nasturtiums, which came from seed that I planted.
I have been picking off sugar snap peas every time I am in the garden and eating them on the spot.