matchstickI had a container garden on my back deck this year as I have for the past several years. I love tending to it all season long. I usually start from seed inside the house and then transplant to containers that line one side of my deck in an area that gets good sun. I usually go to a local nursery to purchase some flowers and other plants to supplement what I grew from seeds.

I have done this many times to varying degrees of success. This year I made a fatal mistake of growing a ton of soybeans. I have no business growing soybeans but I though it might be fun to have some fresh edamame. I devoted maybe half of my container space to the soybeans and had excellent growth. The soybean plants were healthy, had great blooms and are still going strong. However, my yield was exactly one soybean pod. One!

I did not have much luck with the tomatoes or peppers either. I have plenty of basil, which is nice. Most of all I enjoyed tending the garden, but it is a lot of work. I admire anyone who can successfully manage a productive garden, it is not as easy as it looks.

This experience with my container garden was in the back of my mind recently, when I came across the Herb Matchstick Garden from the Modern Garden section of Aha Modern Living.

The Herb Matchstick Garden is described: “Join the green revolution with Matchstick Garden . It’s your own portable garden that fits in your pocket. Simply tear off a matchstick brimming with various herb seeds and plant it in the ground, or container, and add a little water from your favorite water bottle. The herbs are Basil, Chives, Parsley, and Thyme.”

Oh, it looks so easy! Next year I am just going to go the way of the matchstick garden and see if I can beat my record yield from this season.