Walkway: Charming Country Estate in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A stroll through the lush and beautiful gardens is enough to call this place home. A brick walkway lined by greenery, shrubs and flowers leads the way to the container garden, which includes fresh foods to cook up for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
A rose trellis on the arched front gate ushers visitors into the lush and colorful garden pathway to this remodeled, private country cottage. Nestled on nearly a quarter of an acre, the home has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a detached art studio and is approximately 2,127 square feet.
Vertical stackable planters are one way to have a micro garden and it suits shallow-rooted edibles like lettuces, flowers, strawberries and herbs, says Anne Gibson, known as The Micro Gardener. This setup also minimizes moisture loss when watering from the top. Group plants with the same water needs together on each tier and add a saucer at the base to collect any water or nutrients.
Keep your salad bowl at the ready when you grow this romaine lettuce blend. It includes varieties to ensure you’ll have a season-long harvest—and colorful salads. Varieties include green ‘Craquerelle Du Midi,’ green spotted red ‘Forellenschluss (also known as ‘Speckled Trout Back’),’ bright green ‘Little Gem,’ deep red ‘Rosalita’ and medium red ‘Rouge d’Hiver.’
Microgardens can be created on roofs, balconies, small patios, fire escapes and small landscaped areas, using edibles as decorative and ornamental features instead of strictly edible plants, says urban gardener Melinda Myers.
Pick a peck of peppers for pickling, roasting or eating out of hand with this sweet pepper. Fruits ripen in a blaze of hues, including orange, yellow, red and purple. Peppers resemble hot peppers, but offer a sweet bite. Plants thrive in containers and yield readily. When the harvest is heaviest, pick some peppers to dry and create strings or ristras.