I’m a little late to the game, but I decided to start a patio garden yesterday. I had hoped to start one earlier in the season, but we took a week-long vacation in June, which would have killed off everything.
I stopped by Lowe’s yesterday and picked up two plants (cherry tomatoes and banana peppers), two bags of Sta-Green Flower and Vegetable Garden Soil, two five-gallon buckets, and two tomato cages. The total cost was only $20.
When I returned home, it only took about five minutes to set up my garden. We live in Tennessee, so the lady at Lowe’s said my plants should still have time to produce plenty of veggies before the end of the season.
I have never seen deer in our yard, but I’m a little worried about squirrels, raccoons, and stray cats eating my crops. I put a vinegar-soaked rag on each of the beds of dirt. I also made a natural squirrel repellent, for which I found the recipe on Pinterest (1 cup water, 1/4 cup hot sauce, 1/4 cup dish soap, 2 Tablespoons cayenne pepper). I sprinkled that on the dirt.
I’m a newbie at this whole gardening thing, so I would be grateful for any advice!