Last weekend I had an epiphany. I'd been frustrated with my patio, wishing I could really maximize the space, and have my plants look great, while simultaneously giving them appropriate amounts of light, and cooling them enough so they don't scorch next year. Having 14 square feet isn't the easiest when you want to grow everything you can get your hands on, and you are restricted to pots and their bulk.
For some odd reason, it never occurred to me to place them next to my west fence. This will give them afternoon shade since it gets way too hot, cluster them together to cool each other down, while providing me with an easier time watering, and giving us maximum use of the patio!
Not to mention, the appearance of them all clustered became a lush wall of green (with a lot of not so healthy green, since everything is having trouble this year!). I really hope this new arrangement proves to be beneficial to my plants next year!
Sometimes, the best solution isn't always the easiest to spot, for me anyway. Doesn't it look awesome now?
My new mini rosebush from Trader Joes also found a new home nestled in between the carrots, nasturtiums and strawberry plants. I love the delicate two-toned petals, don't you?
Kevin approves of the new central location for his favorite chair.