Sara’s Summer Garden Series: Four Reasons to Plant Your Own Garden

Sara's Summer Garden Series Cover

I am normally excited to start my garden – except for last year when just being out in the heat was too much to handle. We planted our garden, but then weren’t able to care for it and only got a few peppers and herbs to harvest.

I was really excited to plant my garden this year. So much so that I decided to do a series about it called Sara’s Summer Garden Series, which will be appearing periodically throughout the summer.

One of the reasons I enjoy gardening is because it is something my husband and I enjoy doing together and even though we only have a small patio, we are still able to plant a pretty bountiful container garden (more on that to come). After about three and a half hours, here is what we planted-

east view

What We Planted

Beef Steak & GrapeTomatoes

Red & Green Bell Peppers

Habanero, Serrano, Tai Chili Peppers, Pablano & Chili Peppers

Sweet Banana Peppers

Romaine & Simple Salad Lettuce


Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Celery (Herb)

Orange Mint & Spearmint


And Strawberries grown from my mom’s original garden-


I would probably be happy with an entire garden filled with nothing but hot peppers, but variety is the spice of life right? The hot peppers are by far my favorite part, though.

Front view

I love planting my own garden for many reasons, including the following-

Four Reasons to Plant Your Own Garden

  1. You have the flexibility to plant the foods, herbs and/or spices you use in your kitchen most often.
  2. You know where your food comes from and what types of chemicals (if any) are used in/around the plans. Instead of harmful pesticides, you can be chemical-free in your own backyard. Fresh food just tastes better and there is nothing more fresh than your own garden!
  3. You can save money growing your own food and you can spend as little or as much as you want to create a garden either in an expansive yard/farm or in one or two pots on your porch.
  4. You can do it anywhere – regardless of space. I have a container garden, which is easy to move or rearrange, if needed.

What about you? Do you have your own garden? Is it a container garden? What is your favorite vegetable, fruit or herb to grow?


Until the next mile marker,




  1. We have 5 kinds of tomatoes, lots of different herbs, strawberries and flowers in our container garden on the balcony. Love it. Love your pics too, Sara. So glad you are feeling up to gardening this year!

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      I wish we had different kinds of tomatoes (more) because I am excited to learn how to can from a friend this fall! I also would like to plant more herbs, but I never know quite when to harvest them or how much so they keep growing. I really need to learn more about that!

  2. I love your garden!!! What a great use of space. Bring on the salsa!

    • Sara- Words to Run By Blog says

      Yes, it is basically a salsa garden! 😉 I love it. I am so happy to be back at gardening this summer…bring on the CANNING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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