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Our Deck Planters Give Us a Surprising Quantity of Veggies

June 16, 2017

We have had great success growing veggies on our deck with our 6 self-watering planters.  These planters hold about 4 gallons of water and are on rollers so they can be easily moved.  We fill the water reservoir twice a week even if we are getting regular rain.  (Here is a link to more info on the planters we are using.)

This year after the last of our spring harvest from our deck planters (kale, spinach, various kinds of lettuce) we planted our summer veggies.  One planter has 3 – Padron Pepper plants, one has 3 – Carmen Sweet Pepper plants, one has carrots and beets, one has Pickler Cucumbers that will vine onto a trellis (will update you on how this works later this summer), and the last two have Bush Green Beans planted a month apart.  Around mid-September we will plant the planters with lettuce, kale and spinach.

The pepper plants are supported with cages. We pick the green beans every day or two and get just the right amount for the two of us. The second planter of beans was planted a month after the first. The pickle cucumbers will climb the trellis and provide shade for lettuce plants that will be planted in a few weeks. Carrots and Beets will soon be ready for harvest. (Click photo to enlarge)

The soil is Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix. We have found it is best to start with fresh soil each year and clean the roots out of the water reservoir. We also added some fresh soil to the top 4 inches when we planted our summer veggies.  We fed the plants with Osmocote Plant Food when we planted them.

We pick the Padron Peppers when they are about an inch to an inch and half long. We toss them in olive oil and salt, bake them for 10 minutes at 375 degrees (or grill them). They are slightly black. Eat them whole! (click photo to enlarge)

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  1. Julie permalink

    Love those Padron peppers!!! You make it sound so easy.

    • Hi Julie
      We have been fans of Padron peppers ever since we were first introduced to them by a favorite restaurant. We can not wait for our other pepper favorites (Carmen) to turn red… they are so sweet!

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