Not Your Traditional Gardening

My backyard is mostly covered in shade by trees so it makes growing anything other then impatiens and geraniums pretty difficult, so I resort to growing herbs, flowers and veggies on my deck and on the other side of the house.  Every year I try to add something new, last year it was carrots, if you like carrots and have never grown them give them a shot, I grew them in a big barrel.  Patio gardening isn’t that difficult so long as you get the right amount of sun.

Here are some awesome patio gardening ideas that I’m throwing around and considering for this year.

If you want to pin these photos to pinterest please pin them from their direct source and not from my site, I’d like to give the credit where credit is due, links to the direct source are with each photo and/or if you click on each photo it will take you to their direct source as well.


Off the ground gardening makes sense, especially if you are limited on  your ground space.

This is a pretty cool idea but I won’t put holes in the siding on my house but cool idea non the less!


Shoe bag gardening!

This is pretty cool and it wouldn’t necessarily have to be attached to your house (going back to my lack of desire to put holes in the siding on my house)

I am thinking of doing this or something similar on a heavy trellis or attaching an old door to the back of a large planter.

This would be fun for growing herbs or mixed salad greens.


Pallet Gardening, how cool is this!!

You can use a pallet turned upright like this for vertical gardening or you can use a pallet laying on the ground.

hmmm now to find a pallet or two!  I love the idea of using pallets for garding!

To use one vertically all one needs to do is attach some small plastic planters on the backside of the wood slats with screws (see here for more info)


Have a chain link fence?  Use it to grow some plants!

If you had enough of these bags or plastic planters imagine how pretty that boring chain link fence could look!  Mix herbs, flowers and salad greens all over the fence!



I LOVE these food map containers, forget the garden I want these for my laundry room!

These would make great planters with those chunky castors you can wheel them around your patio or deck for the ultimate sunlight!

Have an old chair you don’t plan on reupholstering?

Ok so this is really daring probably not something I would do but it’s unique that’s for sure!


This is a cute idea, attach some colorful planters to a wooden fence (or use plastic containers, spray paint them in colors you love then attach them to some lattice, may have to keep that in mind for the lattice on my deck)


I absolutely LOVE this!  This could be something that could be hung on a wall or the side of a kitchen cabinet in the house!

This looks so easy to make, I do believe this will be a new addition in my kitchen 😉


These are called Earth Box, the cool thing is there is a little tube where you water the soil.

They are on castors so you can move them around for the best sun light and you can attach one of their metal trellises for growing vine flowers, veggies!

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Sub-irrigated planters, the concept of these planters are pretty neat, however I won’t lie the all white is what caught my eye, what can I say I like things to be clean and neat!



Great use of some old metal mail boxes!

Now that you’ve seen you don’t need to take up a lot of patio or deck space to grow a garden what will you be growing this year?


9 comments for “Not Your Traditional Gardening

  1. May 3, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I LOVE the chair, the guttering and the mason jar planters, I’m going to have to put some effort into my own garden soon.

  2. April 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    These are photos are pretty inspirational. I really like the layers of old gutters. I have a perfect spot for something like that! Thanks for the ideas!


    • Administrator
      April 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Shelly! I’d love to see what you do with the inspiration from this!

  3. April 8, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I have been wanting to try something like this for fresh herbs in our courtyard. Thanks for all the great inspiration photos!

    • Administrator
      April 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Sarah, Oh if you try one of these ideas please share some photos I’d love to see what you do!

  4. April 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Using the roof gutters as a planter is very clever. I’m sure it wouldn’t take much to build a wooden support for them. That was you avoid putting holes in the siding. I’ll have to see if I can come up with an equally cleaver way to make them freestanding.

    Good article. Thanks.
    The Conch Tech

    • Administrator
      April 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Robert, I’d love to see any ideas you come up with please let me know if you post about this!

  5. April 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    No more excuses!! If you want fresh tomatoes or fresh herbs or fresh peppers, you can do it! If people who live in apartments in New York City can grow tings in their windows, you can!! And meanwhile, since you can’t grow everything, get to know where your local farmers market is. In season, it is a wonderful source for fresh food. Ask the farmer where his produce is grown and how. Be inquisitive! Be healthy!

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