I have written a few posts about gardening recently and I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from readers who are short on space or just aren’t ready to commit to a full vegetable garden and want to learn more about container gardening. I love gardening in containers. Even though I have a full raised bed vegetable garden, I still grow all my herbs in containers. This year I plan on planting some of my veggies in large containers as well. Otherwise I will have to do a major expansion of my garden to accommodate all the seeds I’ve started already.
Grow a Salsa Garden
The veggies (and herbs) I plan on using containers for this year are tomatoes, habanero and serrano peppers and cilantro . This grouping will be my salsa garden. Last year I grew my tomatoes and peppers in our raised beds but this year I need room in them for other veggies that aren’t as compatible with container gardening.
Fruits can also be grown in containers. I already planted my strawberries last year in the garden ( they are perennial ) but strawberries are a great candidate for container gardening. Blueberries and citrus trees can also be grown successfully in containers.
Grow Your Own Salad
Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and swiss chard can be grown in containers. The greens can also stand a bit of shade so if you don’t have a lot of sun or space consider a salad garden and grow some greens. Root vegetables like carrots, beets and potatoes can be grown in containers. I’m considering growing carrots in a container this year and I’ll be sure to be posting my progress throughout the gardening season.
Container Gardening for Herbs
I grow all my herbs in containers. This serves a dual purpose. It saves room in the garden and keeps the invasive herbs from crowding everything else out. I grew a variety of herbs in large galvanized containers last year; however, I am hoping that my rosemary and lavender come back with a vengeance this year and I will need more containers for basil, sage, thyme, oregano, parsley and more. Here are some great ideas for container gardening in galvanized containers from Our Fairfield Home and Gardens. I am a sucker for old galvanized buckets and watering cans!
You can save money on potting soil and keep your containers lighter with Finding the Path for Me’s ingenious idea for filling large containers with water bottles. It’s a great way to recycle water bottles and it provides excellent drainage for your plants.
Try Container Gardening this Year
If you are short on space don’t let that stop you from growing your own food. You can grow a vegetable garden on a patio or balcony. A container garden can look beautiful. Use terra cotta, galvanized metal, plastic or ceramic pots in bright colors or earth tones. Bring your own style to it and grow what you like and what you will eat. I’ll be sharing my gardening successes and failures with you throughout this growing season and we can learn together what works where you live. Please share any advice you have about container gardening in the comments below.
If you want to grow a garden you can take advantage of these fantastic deals on non-GMO seeds and plants from the Burpee seed company. These sales end March 27th but I will be updating the links with new sales as they happen so check back often!
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