Saturday, April 30, 2011

The benefits of gardening: a sneak peek at my edible container garden

Gardening is a very rewarding activity and it feels great to have an edible garden as well. It's exciting to grow something new for the first time and it's rewarding to be able to bring some home grown food on the table!

The first time I harvested enough lettuce to fix a salad plate I was elated! I had limited myself to gardening flowers and herbs until now. I did not want to put forth the effort to get my yard ready for any substantial edible garden because I was not very confident in my abilities to maintain it! With the rewards from my container garden I am much more confident  in maintaining a large edible garden so I will keep you posted on my progress on this particular project! For now I invite you to take a quick tour in my container garden!

My first lettuce harvest

 It doesn't get more organic than that right? When you plant your own produces you don't have to be concerned about any recalls but you still have to rinse your food very well!

A very simple and healthy lunch: The strawberries are not from my garden, mine are still a work in progress

I tried to grow some strawberries last year but in seemed that some kind of creature was constantly nibbling on them before I could harvest even one strawberry! Thankfully I am being more successful this year...
The flowers are a very good sign that I have some nice strawberries coming...yeaah!!!

Yeaaaah some strawberries...

My Chives are 4 years old! They are a perennial herb that I find very easy to grow and much useful to use! As the weather get colder I generally cut them and freeze them, like this I can still enjoy them during the winter months. They are obviously great to top potatoes but they can also be used in soups and stew or to flavor sauces, mayonnaise, sour cream...
Some benefits of Chives: 
they are high in Vitamin C and A and contain essential minerals such as potassium, folic acid,calcium. 

Rosemary and Lavender

are among my older herbs too. They are great for bath, homemade scented sachets, adding scent to your cooking or body oil.

My thyme are 2 years old, obviously another easy perennial herb to grow! 
Some benefits of thyme:
The oil of thyme is used in aromatherapy to elevate the mood! The ancient Romans used it as a remedy for melancholy! Thyme also has some therapeutic properties. It possesses  expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties, making it useful in the treatment of acute and chronic bronchitis, whooping cough, and inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

 Oregano is a must have herb in your garden! It's not only a delicious addition to flavor your dishes but it's full in antioxidants.
Some benefits of Oregano:
Oregano actually has 42 times the antioxidants of a medium size apple! 
Did you know that Hippocrates the great Greek philosopher and scholar used it for its medicinal properties? Oregano has many beneficial properties and it's worth considering as a natural remedy to some ailments! For example, it has antibacterial properties as well as anti-parasitical properties! It can be used as a natural treatment to E-coli! Thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-septic benefits, the oil can be rubbed on wounds and cuts. In some cultures it's used as a pain-killer probably due to its anti-inflammatory properties, as the oil can also treat inflamed joints and muscles. Well as you can see much can be said about this special herb so more about it later.

This is my first year planting some habanero peppers, I am glad to see those flowers! Habanero peppers are greatly favored where I grew up as many cooks will consider that a dish without habanero peppers is weak in flavor. If you intend on losing weight, spicing your food with hot peppers such as those will assist you in that effort I will keep you posted on my harvest...

It's also my first time planting some broccoli, I am not sure what to expect but I think it's a head coming forth, stay tuned! I am also planted some Brussels sprouts and some tomatoes in my container garden.

 I think that there are 4 great advantages to container gardening:

1) It allows you to start small in case you are not confident.
2) It allows you to still grow what you want even if you do not have a lot of  space! So if you do not have a yard you can still plant an herb and edible garden.
3) It's practically low maintenance.
4) It can move with you once you change residence.

I hope this quick tour has inspired you to try growing something edible in case you have never done it before. Can you think of any more advantages to container gardening? What do you grow in your edible garden?


  1. This is great!! I love your garden! I love the idea of growing my own things!!

  2. Thanks for the above facts that you have pointed out.

    I tried this too.........

    Especially I was interested about growing some vegetables. But these days I have enough time to spend for gardening.

  3. Thanks Funbi! It's truly rewarding to grow your own thing! A friend and I took the kids to a picnic recently and it was exciting that most of the herbs I used to cook my food came from my container garden and the lettuce for our sandwiches came from the container garden as well, it made the whole experience unique and I am having fun now giving my mom lettuce I grew!
    @Dulantha I am growing some tomatoes for the first time and thinking about cucumber, green beans and occra I will keep you posted on my progress!

  4. OMG I want to do this! is it to late for me to start a container garden? I am in Georgia. I would really love to do this with my daughter. Thanks for another wonderful post!

    Peace :-)

  5. Oh no it's not too late to start a container garden on the contrary you still have plenty of options. Hit Home Depot and Lowes and you will have plenty of selections. Especially with herbs. Add some lavender to your purchases and your daughter and you could make cute scented sachets during the summer time. It's fun to do this with kids. My kids have so much fun getting some lettuce leaves from our container garden every time they fix themselves a sandwich or they love harvesting for me whatever I need...Please let me know what you end up getting and it would be great to share some photos I could do a whole article on you and feature your container garden!

  6. your trees look fresh and strong. I like your small strawberry trees best. I am thinking about planting some flowers and herbs in my garden. Hope to read some planting story!