The Greenest Thumb Contest: Psymonetta's Porch Paradise

The Greenest Thumb Contest: Psymonetta's Porch Paradise

Lisa
Jun 6, 2006
A big green hello to Psymonetta, a Greenest Thumb entrant from Portland, Oregon. Psymonetta's been digging in the dirt on her porch and has sent us pics of her handiwork. Psymonetta writes: "I'm in Portland, Oregon not San Francisco, but I thought I'd share my little bit of paradise on a porch." (Visit the whole garden after the jump, before you vote!) As a reminder, the Greenest Thumb contest is open to all Bay Area and PNW gardens (no smaller than a window box and no larger than 600 square feet) and the deadline is Monday, June 12. (This is AT, not House and Garden!) Info on how to submit is here)

"I'm on the second floor of a mid-century collection of Bungalow style apartments. Our courtyard faces north but gets ample sunlight throughout the day. I'm not much of a green thumb, but I've found a few things that I love well enough to nurture along."

"It's early on in the season for my passion flower and scented geraniums. Neither are blooming yet. The geraniums have just come out of dormancy and are building up foliage, thanks to a series of dosing them with epsom salts to build up the magnesium in the soil and the castings from our rubbermaid box full of worms that are composting away at our kitchen scraps."

"One of my happy accidents that resulted from my particular tendencies is a set of large pots with very vertical plantings. I generally just fill in the open spaces, every spring, with annuals in whatever colors are resonating with me. This year I opted for a very chartreuse licorice, some nearly black coleum and a blackish purple petunia." Thanks, Psymonetta!
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