My Simple Summer Porch Garden

I understand that you may not really know a lot about me if you are reading this [by the way, thank you!]. So you can't possibly know the depth of how terrible my black thumb is! 

I killed a variety of succulents last year. Yes, I said succulents. Basically desert plants. I researched how to care for them, made sure I watered them appropriately, gave them what I read was the proper amount of sunlight - and they still proceeded to fall apart and disintegrate right before my eyes. It was disheartening, but not exactly unexpected. I have a long list of plant deaths attributed to my name, including but not limited to, an already-blooming hanging strawberry plant. 

But I feel like this year my luck is going to change! [Then again, I think I said that with the strawberry plant. ha!] Why do I keep trying, do you ask? I love plants. I love everything they stand for, how fresh and earthy that they are. As much as I am not generally an "outdoorsy" person, I still love me some nature. It's calming, soothing, and overall very cheerful! 

I have wanted forever to grow my own tomatoes. There is nothing better than a warm from the sun, ripe garden tomato in the summer time. I can eat them like an apple, but preferably I love them sliced up with a sprinkling of salt. My mouth waters just thinking about it! So I picked this year to go all out. And by all out, I mean just a few plants on the porch. It's a risk for me! 

I ordered this planter from Amazon: 

 Adams USA 36" Deluxe Garden Planter. Please forgive our poor deck, it needs re-stained terribly! 

Adams USA 36" Deluxe Garden Planter. Please forgive our poor deck, it needs re-stained terribly! 

It has great reviews, and was super affordable for its size. You can find the same planter at Lowe's online for about $20 more. Amazon had an amazing number of elevated and porch planters, I was impressed with their selection! 

Because I'm also not great at putting together pieces of furniture, I was so happy when I read in the reviews that it easily snapped together. They were completely right! It took just a couple minutes to unpack and join it together. It's light plastic, but it doesn't look too "plastic-y" - if that makes any sense - and it is not flimsy. I feel like I made a great purchase with this. The only bad thing I have to say is that there is a plug in the bottom that has to be inserted upon assembly, and mine was broken in half when I opened the package. Travis was able to glue it back together successfully and now it works as good as new. So no harm, no foul. It probably came through quite a shipping ride, ya know? 

 Instructions for planter assembly. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

Instructions for planter assembly. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

The plug is to drain the bottom in the event of too much water, or for cleaning it out. It's a great feature, and so is the shelf on the bottom.

Travis and I ran to Lowe's and we bought a few plants. I picked up patio tomatoes [a hybrid specifically for containers], husky red cherry tomatoes, green peppers, and sweet banana peppers. 

 Peppers and tomatoes will be on the menu! 

Peppers and tomatoes will be on the menu! 

I was worried about not getting enough plants, but it turns out I had just enough! Or too much? A garden novice can never be sure. 

This was the soil that we selected. Since I have so many watering issues, I opted for the moisture control variety. Hopefully that will help me with some of my forgetful spells. 

 $11.97 per bag at Lowe's

$11.97 per bag at Lowe's

Speaking of which, we didn't have a spade so I had to use a trowel to help with the soil in the container. Not the trowel with the claws for gardening....the one that you use to lay brick. Yeah. Not really one of my most prepared moments! 

I gingerly de-potted the plants from their original containers, slightly broke up the roots, and buried them into their awaiting soil pits. I really hope they enjoy their new home and take to it quickly! 

 That's the trowel! The cherry tomatoes came in compostable pots, which was cool. 

That's the trowel! The cherry tomatoes came in compostable pots, which was cool. 

I had bought these really cute wooden garden stakes at the Target Dollar Spot back in the Spring [they were included in this haul!]. They even came with a small chalk marker. The stakes were obviously not a necessary addition, but they gave my mini garden the Pinterest look that I am always going for. 

 So cute! 

So cute! 

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I am so very proud of how the whole thing turned out! And in my favorite dream, I am feasting on homegrown tomatoes and peppers from my mini porch garden. We shall see! Keep up with how they are doing on my Instagram

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Do you have any tips on how I can keep these plants alive and thriving? Please leave me any advice below. All tips are welcome and appreciated!