Rose: A Summer Garden

One of the hardest things to leave behind in Pittsburgh was my garden. I lived in a duplex just at the edge of the city, and half of my backyard was a garden. It was a beautiful sight. It began as my roommate’s project and, when she moved out, I took over. I loved getting dirty and growing food from seedlings. I spent many hours in my grandmother’s garden as a child – planting, weeding, harvesting – and I am always reminded of her when I’m doing such work.

Well, I decided to continue the gardening tradition, despite not having a yard. I read all that I could about potted plants. While similar to ground gardening, there are tiny nuances that make this tricky. Like how you can’t have your pots on the concrete (too hot). Or how certain vegetables don’t grow at all in pots. And on Sunday, we got to work at creating a beautiful potted oasis.


In these pots will grow: lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, banana peppers, green beans, chives, rosemary and parsley. I’ve grown most of these crops in the past, and I’m interested in seeing how they adapt to pots. Thankfully, the balcony provides a natural lattice for the vines to grow atop. And, despite the space it takes up, it doesn’t feel cluttered on the balcony. I’m really looking forward to watching these grow, and I plan to post updates as things progress.

Do you have a garden? Tell me about it.