Saturday, January 10, 2015

Containers: Veggies for Balconies, Decks and Porches

If  you don't have much yard or sun, you can still grow veggies in containers.  This lush container of greens provided a bountiful harvest today at the Harvesters Demonstration Garden.  We have a "curbside treasure" garden where we grow in things we found on the curb to show you don't need to spend a fortune to get started.  Avoid any chemically treated wood or container that held chemicals and try to use a light color to avoid heat build-up.

 Vegetables don't care a lot about the container as long as it is large enough and has good drainage. One of most common reasons for wimpy container harvests is using a too-small container.  Although greens and lettuces tolerate a pot that is only five inches deep, a small tomato plant really prefers a container 5 gallons or larger.  We use several half-barrels that produce beautiful crops year after year.
You can even use the reusable shopping bags that are widely available.  We sewed four bags together are their tops to create the effects of a larger container that won't dry out as quickly.  Here there are as we planted them in early April and below you can see how the plants are quite happy.