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Porch Gardening 101


Anyone who knows me knows that I have never been one to have a green thumb however trying to eat healthy can be costly in the city and I decided to give a try. Although we are towards the end of Spring it is still not too late to start. Here is how you get started.

When selecting what you want to plant  herbs that are conducive to your needs. If you use a great deal of basil or mint when cooking then plant those. Also, choose them based on temperature, amount of water, and sunlight needed for their environment. This will optimize their longevity. The last thing you need to decide is if you do indeed want them on your porch outside or inside.

If you go to your local nursery or Home Depot they will be able to help you with the selection process. Choosing your pots may depend on if you want them outside or inside. I decided to keep my herbs (rosemary, cilantro, and basil) inside on my window sill so I can have them all year long versus them dying during Chicago’s brutal winters if I keep them outside. But the rest (african violets, coleus kong, redhead coleus, and annual flowers)  I decided to leave outside.

What You Will Need:


  1. Cut open large plastic bag so that it is in the shape of a rectangle and lay down on the area you plan on potting. Then add newspaper on top.
  2. Lay out pots, plants/herbs/flowers, potting soil on newspaper.
  3. Open potting soil and use trowel to lace the bottom and sides of all of the pots with the soil.
  4. Place plant in the middle of pot and add soil along the sides and above the plant.
  5. Pat down plant to insure its securely in place.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with remaining pots.
  7. Water all plants thoroughly and place them at there locations.
  8. Clean up newspaper and plastic bag and dispose.
  9. Be sure to water plants/flowers per their directions.

Enjoy the fruits of your labor!