Just outside the kitchen door, I have a herb/vegetable garden in containers. No problem with flooding rains for the pots are well drained. On the other hand, the challenge is to keep them watered when it is hot. I do have a water hose right at the deck edge. It is so easy to step outside for a few chive leaves to put in the sour cream or a tomato for a salad.
I can visualize a stacked tomato, basil, mazzarella salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Can’t you?
Have you ever had bread with rosemary and garlic?
I trellised the Husky Cherry Red tomato.
For something different and color contrast, I chose yellow tomatoes which I understand are less acidic. The vines will be allowed to cascade from the banister container. If the fruits become too heavy, they can be attached to the lattice.
Sometimes I like to present food with flowers but I want edible flowers. A large container of chives (I use a lot) and wild violets can also be used for edible flowers. Do not use the yellow violets. Since the violets and chives are out of season for flowers, I planted red nastursium which have a peppery flavor.
I would not have only food growing on the deck. I must have flowers
like astilbe with its fluffy plumes.
and a fountain,
or, at least an interesting form like this twelve inch diameter Echeveria that will be blooming any minute.
Overhead, the bluebirds go about their daily tasks.
Snoring! Yep, he’s really cool.