Herb gardens and vegetable plots have been popular in the gardening scene for hundreds of years.  However, not everyone has time to tend a full-scale garden or the space to do so.  No need to worry- growing herbs and veggies count be more easy or convenient!  Try planting a container placed on your deck, near your kitchen, or even by your front door.  Making these plants convenient and accessible increases the likelihood you will use them in the kitchen or even for making a craft cocktail.

Both vegetables and herbs can be planted directly into your existing planters. So what herbs will do best in your containers?  Here is a list of herbs: Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary and Lavender can be easily grown on your doorstep or even window boxes.  Their great texture and smell can be accentuated by flowers like geranium, and petunias.  Not to mention herb scents can repel mosquitoes and other unlikeable insects.   Vegetables like: dwarf tomatoes, lettuce, kale, beets, and peppers all make a colorful combination.  There are also great fruits such as strawberries and the new brazelberry raspberry line that are meant specifically to be grown in patio containers.  Don’t forget about your edible line of pansy and nasturtium to add into your planters seeing as how they both have edible flowers.

Check out these links to see more ideas and images:

http://balconygardenweb.com/growing-vegetables-in-pots-starting-a-container-vegetable-garden/

http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/qa/pruning-raspberry-shortcake-dwarf-raspberry