Container gardening is the practice of growing
plants exclusively in containers instead of planting them in the ground.
A windowsill, patio, deck, or a doorstep will provide sufficient space for a productive
mini-garden. There are many benefits to container gardening.
You can save money; you know exactly what herbicides or pesticides were used, if any;
gardening naturally calms and reduces stress; it is a great form of physical exercise, and
fresh produce tastes better and is healthy. To get started on your container garden, choose
a sunlit area in which to place the containers & decide which plants you want to grow.
I recommend you grow what you eat and grow vegetables that continue to produce after
first harvest, such as tomatoes, peppers, and bush beans.
Next, choose a good planter. Vegetables with shallow roots � such as lettuce, radishes
and herbs � can grow in as little as 8 inches of soil depth.
Larger plants, such as tomatoes, bush beans and squash, need deeper and larger pots.
It is important to check for moisture of the soil at least two times a day.
Potted gardens need more watering than regular gardens because of the confined space. They
tend to dry out more quickly than a traditional row garden.
These are just a few tips on how to get started with your container gardens. You can raise
substantial amounts of many edibles in containers on a patio, deck, porch, or balcony. Remember
to select vegetables that you like, select vegetables that can be easily stored or preserved
and select vegetables that are expensive to buy in the grocery store.
More detailed information about container gardening can be found on our blog. Happy
planting and happy eating!