I purposely chose a cutting garden because I hate paying for flowers that die within in few days. I usually decide my money is better spent elsewhere, so I skip purchasing them. I also hate that many of those supermarket flowers have been flown in from far off destinations so their carbon footprint is enormous and that’s bad for the environment. Plus who knows what chemicals have been sprayed on them. But who doesn’t love fresh flowers in their home?

Creating a deck garden for cutting flowers means I can have flowers in my home all summer long!

Seattle mold and moss damage from our cold and rainy winters mean this planter will be emptied and disassembled for winter storage. We didn’t do that to the painted terracotta pots I made last year, and they didn’t survive the winter. But I like the rustic look of the flawed paint, so I’m going to be painting some antique glaze over them to give them an even more aged and worn look.

Creating a cutting garden was simple and it allowed me to plant the flowers I love and to grown them organically. I needed to locate my new garden on my deck for two reasons; first, because that’s the only full-sun area of our yard because of the towering fir trees that surround it. Secondly, because I wanted the care of my garden to be easy on my back. By creating a cutting flower garden in a deck planter,  I’m able to look after the flowers easily. And because they’re within eyesight of my living room window, I’m betting I won’t forget to water them like I do the other plants in my yard.

Creating a deck garden for cutting flowers means I can have flowers in my home all summer long! - ad