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To some this may be a uncool, but we are actually doing our first garden this year! It seemed like a fun summer project for the kids, and to be honest, I buy fresh veggies and fruit a few times a week because it goes so fast around this house!


With the oldest kid being only five, I give us a few more years until I need a full blown farm with orchards and all :) I would be thrilled if we get enough produce to cut out just one of the three trips to the store!



Tearing up part of the yard or building big raised beds just seemed like too much work and a big commitment to me. Plus, I hated to give up that much backyard space! So we decided on a container garden & it is doing great! Just to give those here in the local Dallas area an idea of some things to plant, we chose:




red bell peppers
yellow bell peppers
green bell peppers
three different varieties of tomatoes
container full of strawberries
couple of jalapeno plants



They seem to be growing wonderfully and are so easy to maintain. Since they are in containers they can easily be brought in the garage, indoors or rearranged with a moving dolly (big advantage over standard gardens). So as you can see, there are so many benefits of doing a container garden, plus don't forget the obvious - no weeds and no aching back :)

This would really be pushing it for some of you, but we also started a compost pile today. I know, I know,  a lot of you are thinking YUCK!! We may try it once and be done, but the kids love recycling and I thought this would be a neat way for them to recycle all on their own (of course, I will have to help...).

I will keep you posted in the coming weeks on our "green progress."


Who else does a little gardening here and there? Any suggestions for other things to plant in containers?


Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Jessica ~ I love using containers for gardening ... it's so easy and portable too, as you said.  those berries look delicious!!

May 05, 2009 07:05 PM
Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene

We have a garden. You will get tired of being limited to containers eventually. I'd rather weed my garden than mow grass. You could always plant only around the perimeter of the yard up against the fence.

Until then, you could also do herbs in pots and green onions. We make a lot of pico de gallo ( sort of like salsa to some of you) and it needs cilantro, tomatoes, lemon/lime juice, jalapenos and onions. All of which can be grown in containers. I've found I get smaller and less "fruit" than when it's in the ground but it can still be done.

My garden is about 20 by 30 now.

I plan to blog about it soon.

I hope you have a bountiful harvest.


May 06, 2009 03:25 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

MAUREEN~ How long have you done container gardening? Any tips?

CHERI'~ I look forward to reading your post soon. That's a great idea about cilantro and green onions. My husband doesn't care for onions or pico , but strangely enough he LOVES salsa. I may have to plant some - is it too late for this year?

My grandparents and great grandparents have always had massive gardens & they reaped the benefits, too. They would can all of the extra and store in the cellar. Deliciousness year round!

If this first year goes well, we may try doing something in the ground. I'm not sure how that will work around our sprinkler system, but it is something to think about!

May 06, 2009 03:38 AM
Lynn911.com ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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Jessica, HUM,,,, love the picture WOW now off to healthy breakfast of fruits here... thanks for the thought, make a smoothie with all my fruits, protein powder

Have a great and successful weekend !

May 15, 2009 02:33 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

LYNN~ It seems like I can never get enough fruit - that and chocolate! Don't wear yourself out at the tournament!

May 21, 2009 09:18 AM
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Jessica dropping by say HELLO, out door to the store purchase fruit for the week.... thanks for reminding me LOL ... Have a great wonderful and successful week.

Jun 07, 2009 05:17 AM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Hi Lynn! I'm off to get fruit and veggies today :) Thank you for the reminder!!

Soon I will be enjoying my own  fruits and veggies - everything is really taking off.

How is your week?

Jun 09, 2009 06:41 AM