6 Things You Can Grow in a Container Garden
Do you love fresh flowers, vegetables, and herbs? Have you always wanted to have a garden? Do you think that living in an apartment keeps you from having one? It doesn’t have to prevent you from having a spectacular garden. You can create an amazing container garden on your balcony or patio.
Once you’ve placed your containers on your patio or balcony and filled them with potting soil, it’s time to decide what you’re going to grow. You may decide to grow flowers as a way of bringing some color to your outdoor space. But, if you think that you’d like to grow something you can eat, there are lots of great vegetables and herbs that will thrive in your containers!
Tomatoes: One of the most popular vegetables to grow in containers are tomatoes. They seem to thrive in this environment. In fact, you may find that you’ll grow more than you actually eat (which could make you popular with your neighbors). Most tomato varieties require 5-6 hours of sunlight, so be sure your patio receives that on an average day. You may also find that you need to provide your tomato plants some stability as they grow, such as a tomato cage or wooden dowel. Additionally, you may want to seek out tomatoes that are known to do well in containers, to ensure you have plenty.
Lettuce: Leaf lettuce is a great crop for containers, and if you time it right you may be able to have a spring crop, and a fall crop as lettuce likes the cooler weather. Lettuce requires a little more surface area to grow, so choose a wider container for planting. It also requires frequent watering so watch to make sure your soil doesn’t dry out.
Peppers: Whether you like sweet peppers or chili peppers, both will do well in a container garden. They need a container that has a depth of at least 12 inches, and with proper fertilizing, you’ll find that they will produce lots of peppers. If you’re growing tomatoes, some chili peppers might make an excellent addition for some fresh pico de gallo or salsa.
Herbs: Herbs are perfect for container gardens and very popular with apartment gardeners. With a large container, you can grow a wide variety of herbs together, providing they like similar soil. For example, chives, coriander, and mint all like lots of water, while basil, thyme, and rosemary prefer well-drained soil. Think about growing herbs that will enhance your style of cooking and other vegetables that you may be growing.
Beans: Beans are quite easy to grow in containers, although, due to the fact that they are climbers or grow as bushes, they do require some space. If you are interested in growing the climbing variety, consider placing your plant against a wall and place a trellis next to it. The beans will grow up the trellis and provide you with a great harvest.
Carrots: Carrots are another crop that likes cool weather. Due to the many varieties, your container size can be varied. Some carrots are “short and stubby” and do not need a very deep container. Others will grow long and slender, and you may need a container with at least 15 inches of depth. In order for your carrots to grow properly, you may need to do some thinning to allow them adequate space. Be sure to check one or two carrots to see how they are doing before pulling up the whole bunch.
There are lots of other vegetables that can be grown in your containers. Peas, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes, potatoes have all been known to do well in containers. What are you going to grow this year?