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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Container Gardening

By Scarlet

container gardeningContainer gardening is something that anyone can do. Even city dwellers who may have limited yard space can still manage a basic garden on the patio, doorstep, deck, or even indoors.  Any spot that gets sunlight can be used to hold plant filled containers to grow your favorite veggies. Growing your own food also reduces transportation emissions and ensures freshness, which can offer high levels of nutrition. In addition, it allows you to eat organic produce at a lower cost than purchasing it.

I suggest that everyone have a container garden in or near his or her kitchen to fill with fresh herbs. (Check out this great post from Diane on growing herbs.)  Even if you have a large garden area, you are likely to enjoy the ease of access that herb pots will offer you and you’ll remember to include them in meals more often. In addition to the great taste, fresh herbs are full of good nutrients. You can have several pots, each with your favorite kitchen spices such as basil, oregano, thyme, sage, and chives, or you can plant several herbs together in one large pot. To spruce up your container garden, plant a marigold among the herbs for color and appeal.

Fruits, such as strawberries and tomatoes, and vegetables like peppers, also thrive in pots and make cheerful additions to your doorstep. Larger pots and containers can hold several plants. Even vines like cucumbers can be managed in pots if you add a plant cage for them to climb as they grow.

As you plant your container garden, remember to leave some space for growth between each plant. The more you have growing in the container, the more frequently you will need to water it. In addition, containers with several plants will also do well with more nutrients, so make sure to use a rich soil when potting. (This is a great time to make use of your composting.) Lastly, outdoor containers will need watering much more often than indoor plants.  

Would you try container gardening?

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