Patio Gardening

SONY DSCSo what are gardeners to do when they move on up? When you’re a farmer/gardener/nurturer/grower, you don’t have to stop just because you move to a condo or high-rise. Patio gardening is just as fulfilling and enjoyable as the in-ground variety, if not more so. Less time weeding and more time enjoying the fruits of your labor!

I have had the honor of helping my grandma patio garden the past few years, first at her WINDY 19th-floor downtown St. Paul condo and then on her larger deck in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We always plant several types of tomatoes and herbs and loads of flowers, such as snapdragons, old-fashioned vining petunias, and some of her favorite tropical houseplants like bougainvillea and hibiscus.
For her Green Bay condo, we bought a fabulous 4-piece wicker furniture set. I copied this from my mother-in-law, who found a steal at Stop & Shop on the East Coast. We found my grandma’s set at Menards. But you’d never know! In both cases, they look like they could have come from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware.
Wherever the furniture comes from, it’s a must-have: a comfy spot to sit and drink your morning coffee and admire your beautiful flowers.

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