Friday, May 11, 2012

Before and After

There isn't a hose bib on the front deck of this house where I have my little portable kitchen garden.  That meant I was lugging buckets of water out to the front porch from the kitchen.

The deck sits high off the ground, and running up and down the front steps to get to a hose bib and then dragging a hose up and down was out of the question.

I had this old hose container, from our last house.  It was in pretty bad shape.

It didn't matter how it looked at my previous house, because it was hidden in the bushes and not on the deck.

So, I sprayed it a dark hunter green.  What a difference a few coats of paint make!

Mr. Comforts of Home, ran a hose up the back deck support and secured it with clamps.  Now we can leave the water on at the faucet and turn it on and off with a nozzle at the top of the deck.

See how nice it looks below?

Did you notice that there are THREE planters now?  One has a tomato plant.  Seriously, I was not going to have a garden, but a girl has to grow fresh tomatoes, doesn't she?

I restrained myself and only planted one tomato plant.
Welcome Home,


  1. I can't believe the size of your plants Penny! The container you put the hose in looks really nice painted green and isn't it fun and cheaper to use something you already have.


  2. HI Penny! You're the smartest one! Love your container and that the paint made such a difference! :)
    Your plants are looking great!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. There is always more than one way to do something...well..that's what Mr.CC is always telling me. Hope you are enjoying your new nest.


  4. Love how you made the hose holder so pretty. Hope you have a great weekend Penny.

  5. Great idea! Wow, your planters are getting so full and lush. Nice little corner garden!

  6. Penny not only does your freshly painted container look great so does your plants!! I'm growing tomatos on my deck this year too.

  7. That looks great and is gonna be so much easier for you.
    I love tomatoes:)

  8. Looks like you've got a nice container garden set-up! I love it. I'm sure you will enjoy it this summer.

  9. That coat of paint made it look like a brand new container- and what a great idea for a water hose holder. Your plants look great!

  10. Clever solution to your dilemma. That tomato cage is quite wonderful, too.

  11. That looks great Penny and will be very convenient. I despise garden hoses - they are so unmanageable, especially when they are the 50 ft. ones like ours.

    Oh I will so miss fresh garden tomatoes again this Summer - but perhaps I can plant a couple of late bloomers when we get back from the June trip and have a late harvest sandwich in August perhaps!

    Love and hugs - see you soon.

  12. A girl just has to have sun-ripened tomatoes! Your garden in planters is looking very healthy - I'm way behind you.

  13. That is a handy and great way to hide the hose. Yes, fresh tomatoes are a must! Hubby brought home fresh tomatoes from the mosque a couple of weeks ago. They have lasted on the counter in a bowl all this time and just keep ripening and getting better and better. If I brought them home from the grocery store and placed them on the counter, they would be rotten in just a few days. Just goes to show that when you buy them in the grocery store, they are already past their prime. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  14. Your plants look fantastic. I'd give just about anything for a green thumb instead of this big brown one I was born with . Your pot looks great. Don't you just love it when things like that turn out so well.

  15. How wonderful your deck garden is, Penny.
    A friend emailed me the other day, asking for suggestions on doing a deck garden...I thought of you, sent her your
    link and she was so thrilled.
    Bet that one tomato plant does wonders...think I'll go get myself one, today.
    xo bj

  16. Love your deck and hose pot. I decided not to plant tomatoes this year. Last year they were a dismal failure. I finally came to the conclusion that I just don't have enough sun...too many trees. I'm going to hit the farmer's market for their homegrown ones. Have a lovely weekend. How is your booth doing?

  17. What would be the point of a garden without a tomato plant? As the song says..."You know there's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes" :>)

  18. It looks great. And your containers are really going to town - wow!

  19. You always come up with such clever and attractive solutions to things. Your mini garden is looking great.


  20. Seriously. That new hose holder (is that even the turn) looks amazing. Isn't it so wonderful what a little paint can do!

    Your plants look incredible. Go tomatoes :)


  21. Hi lovely lady.
    I also love your new holder for your hose.
    I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day with your family this pass Sunday. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Nautical Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

  22. Hi, Penny

    Great idea.