by Texas Homesteader ~
I have several planters on my front porch that greet our guests with beautiful lush growing plants. But the beauty you’re enjoying need not be just for the eyes.
Check out today’s Homestead Hack for dual-purpose plants.
I love to grow things. But although I do have a few flowers growing around our home my first love is to grow food.
My dad always said, “It’s great to have a shade tree but it might as well give you something to eat too!” Good advice, dad.
Some edibles also have beautiful foliage. For instance, who wouldn’t agree that this blooming sage isn’t breathtaking?
It grows bigger and bigger every year. I swear it’s turned into a regular showpiece plant. And each year I’m able to Harvest & Dry lots of that fresh sage. I haven’t had to buy dried sage in years!
On the front porch I have a footed concrete planter growing potatoes. Although the pot is small & I have no idea whether or not it will actually produce tiny potatoes, I love the bold heavy foliage that it displays.
And the possibility for something edible is a bonus.
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In this other concrete footed planter I’ve planted thyme. I’ve added a *watering spike so I can place a repurposed bottle filled with water on top of the spike & it keeps the plant watered.
Another planter contains mint. I love to snip leaves to drop into my iced tea. Mint is a very hearty plant that grows well and is also bright green and beautiful.
I just bought a metal fire ring and sunk it into the ground and planted my mint there too. That way it stays contained and doesn’t take over the rest of the bed. LOL.
I planted a miniature blueberry bush in an old vintage galvanized tub. I love the way it turned out and it looks great. And, you know, it gives me blueberries too!
I love planting things in galvanized containers. I even put a couple of huge galvanized cattle troughs at the edge of our porch and planted them up too.
Of course I planted them with edibles. I love the way it looks and it ties in well with the other galvanized containers I’ve planted at the porch.
I think all these plantings look beautiful and have the added bonus of being edible.
Say it with me kids: Use whatcha got!
Other ‘Use Whatcha Got’ Ideas
- Make A Cute Porch Lantern
- Assuring Safety Around An Underground Cistern
- Repurposing An Empty Parmesan Cheese Container – BRILLIANT!
- MYO Simple Craft Paintbrush In A Pinch
- Replacing Our Bedside Clock/Radio
- Predator Guard For Our Martin House
- Trick Birds Away From Garden Strawberries
- Protecting Tender Seedlings
- Safer Straight-Pin Storage
- Tame Electrical Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- MYO Chalkboard Labels
- Keeping Boots Stored Neatly
- How Leaves Greatly Benefit Your Garden
- Pretty Wax-Dipped Pinecone Fire Starters
- Finding Free Storage Lids For Canning Jars
- Beautiful All-Natural Tablescape
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