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Container Gardening Part 1

22 February 2010 No Comment

Container vegetable gardening, how do we get started?

What is exactly container gardening? It can be traced back as far as the 600’s B.C. to Babylonia where they had gardens hanging off stone columns. Then later in the 300’s A.D. to Greece. They had container gardens on top of their homes in brick containers. Today we put them in almost anything.

If your vegetable gardening space is limited this could be a great choice for you. A window sill, a patio, a balcony or even a door step can work. If you have a garden and have soil problems this can also be a great choice for you. It is also easier to take care of as far as diseases, pest management and watering. Container vegetable gardening is a great way to introduce children to the joys and rewards of vegetable gardening.

Vegetable Selection
So where do you start? I think you should decide what you want to grow first. You will have to take a look at what space you have available, decide on which vegetables will be most important to you. Almost any thing you can grow in your backyard vegetable garden can be grown in containers.

Vegetables that are suited for container vegetable gardening include peppers, lettuce, spinach, onions, radishes, tomatoes, beans, egg plant and herbs. Vegetables that might work, that I would stay away from, would be cucumbers, zucchini and any vine type vegetable. Our cucumbers for example typically take up more than 200 square feet. As I said earlier we always plant some herbs in containers but as I was writing this I thought lettuce and spinach would be excellent choices. You can mix up the seed and have an instant salad as your lettuce and spinach grow. As you cut it off to eat, some of it will continue to grow back. So maybe for a month or so you should have a ready made salad to go. I’m starting to get hungry already.

Next we will discuss the types and size of containers to use and what kind of soil or media to put in them.

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