Sunday, March 17, 2013

4 Things You Can Grow in Containers Right Now

Home gardeners that are limited on space know all too well the importance of container gardening and making the most out of the space they do have.

Even though I would not consider my space limited, I still love growing vegetables and herbs in containers.  I usually do this with certain vegetables and herbs that I do not need a lot of, or new vegetable or herb varieties that I want to try.   

If you were looking for some vegetables or herbs to grow in containers, here are 5 that are perfect.

1] Basil – Ok pretty much any herb fits this bill, but basil does great for me.  Growing basil and other herbs in containers is a great way to add these to your garden, without taking up space that may be needed for other fruits and veggies that the space would be better suited for.

2] Leafy Greens – Spinach, kale, lettuce and many other leafy greens are excellent choices for growing in a container.  You can snip off what you need and let them continue to grow.

3] Tomatoes – Yes the king of the vegetable garden, the tomato, makes for a great addition to containers.  Ever notice more and more people are using those upside down hanging tomato planters?  That is because they do work, do not require a lot of room, and since many varieties of tomatoes produce in an abundance, they are great for their limited space needs.   Cherry & grape tomatoes are perfect for container gardening as they are high producers and most families will only need one or two plants for their needs.

4] Zucchini – I had a neighbor who once said you can watch the zucchini grow right before your eyes.  That is because, if you have ever grown zucchini, you know that one second it is about 2 to 3 inches and what seems like a few minutes later and they are about a foot.  Zucchini is great for containers (larger sized) for this reason.  You can set up a few containers with zucchini and still grow quite a bit.

If you have not considered adding container gardening to your repertoire, you really should.  It is a great way to “test” some items out before you make them part of your raised beds or gardening plots.

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