Our Story

Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Friday, August 16, 2013

City Pickers Patio Garden Kit

When we lived in a sticks-and-bricks, we had a garden.  It wasn't anything really fancy, but was enclosed by a white fence and had various vegetables planted; some of which grew fairly well.  We in no way consider ourselves gardeners, however.

When we found ourselves staying put in Texas for several months, Steve and I decided to once again try our hand at green-thumbing.  Nothing as ambitious as we had before, mind you.  The soil here is rocky...limestone mostly, and we get very little rain.  What I really wanted was a small herb garden; something else with which I had moderate success.

Our trip to Home Depot back in May had us purchasing these two large, rectangular bins.  Seemed like a good size to plant 6 - 7 types of herbs.  As we rung out at the register, I was a bit shocked to learn I had just paid over $60 for these two plant bins!

But, these were not just two, regular, plain, old plant bins.  
These were the City Pickers Patio Garden Kit!

The secret to this great bin is the water well at the bottom.  You fill it through the tube that protrudes from the soil that is placed on top of the aeration screen.  Your roots are forever able to drink.  Even if you forget to water them regularly, like some people.

3 Parts:  bin, aeration screen, water fill tube (plus a mulch cover and casters, which we didn't use).
Here is our garden:  basil, small leaf basil, oregano, lavender, rosemary, 
banana peppers, and japeño peppers.

Best garden we ever had!

Constant prolific peppers.


We are leaving Texas soon, and decided to give away most of the plants instead of traveling with them.  A bit tall and large for the week-stays we are planning for the next couple of months.  But, we are taking our City Pickers Patio Kits with us as we pack to head to New Mexico.  Probably won't fill them again til we sit for the winter.  Worth the money.  (Or, make your own!)



  1. That's a great garden. Too bad you can't take it with you. How about in the back of the truck?

    1. We thought about doing that, but on the way home from the store with the plants, we had them in the back of the truck, and the leaf of one plant touched the side of the truck, and burned! It's just too hot back there. So we split them up between two plant-loving neighbors, and kept the large leaf basil and rosemary, placing those in another pot. So we still have some. We'll do another one in Vegas.


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