Vegetable Gardening Containers

Vegetable gardening containers on my front patio.

Vegetable gardening containers are your answer if  you live in an apartment, condo or have a shady backyard.  Roof-top, windowsill, patio or just a doorstep are all great placed to grow vegetables in containers. You can often even harvest all  year round!

Advantages to vegetable gardening containers:

  • They take up little space.
  • Need less weeding.
  • They can be moved around with the movement of the sun.
  • The soil heats up faster so heat loving plants grow really well in containers.
  • They can be large or small, depending on your space and what you want to grow.
  • Vegetables can be grown in hanging baskets.
  • Fun & creative to grow in.
  • Can be decorative.

Disadvantages to growing in containers:

  • Container gardens are hard to leave as they usually need daily watering.
  • Containers can be expensive.
  • Cost of soil mixture.

Just about anything you can grow in a garden bed can be grown in a container.  Your container choices can be varied, try regular gardening pots, or a wheelbarrow, metal containers, cement blocks, kitchen pots, bowls  - let your imagine and creativity run wild to create your perfect garden.

So what vegetables grow best in containers? Check out my list on container candidates.

For a successful container garden you will need to consider the following:

New plantings.

Succession planting is important to consider and can be easy to do in containers. This means planting a veggies every few weeks so you can be eating fresh veggies throughout the whole season.

For example start some transplants of lettuce, spinach in one container and seeds in another.  This way you will be eating both for several weeks.  Once the first plants are done, put in some beans or tomatoes into the same container.  Just make sure you add some new soil and fertilizer to the containner.  

There is always room for another container of another veggies.

Herbs are great in containers as well.  Check out great recipes at www.recipesbytheeverydaygourmet.com/herbs-spices.html 

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