When you don’t have a lot of garden space to work with, sometimes you have to get pretty creative. You can have a garden in almost any situation as long as you know how to make the most of the space you have. No yard? No problem! You can still enjoy fresh produce with container gardening.
Container gardening allows you to grow veggies just about anywhere. It is also great because it allows you to move your plants around if you need to without uprooting them. This kind of gardening isn’t quite the same as traditional gardening, however. There are some things you’ll need to consider when setting up a container garden.
Start by choosing a location. Your porch, stairs, balcony, back or front yard, windowsill, or anywhere else with some sun is just fine. Make sure it is a location where you will be able to water your garden and access it easily.
Next, it’s time to pick a container to plant in. This is the really creative part. You could use large pots (either one or several) to plant in, or you could try using window boxes (for smaller plants). You might even use something like a water trough or big plastic bin with holes drilled in the bottom for a nice, spacious garden area. You can use pretty much anything as long as it has proper drainage and is the right size for the vegetables you are planting. When it comes to picking a container, just remember: the bigger, the better. Once you’ve decided on containers, just add soil, seeds, and then your garden is ready to go. If you want to grow container veggies indoors so you can get an earlier start in the spring, place them by a sunny window and put a tray under them so you can water without a mess.
Some vegetables are better for container gardening than others. A few good options include Salad Bush Cucumber, Topcrop Beans, Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce, Lucullus Swish Chard, Ruby Queen Beet, Little Finger Carrot, Champion Radish, and Celebrity Tomato. Many herbs work well in containers, too.
With container gardening, one of the most important things to keep an eye on is watering. Soil in containers may dry out faster than in a regular garden. On the other hand, water may not drain properly if the containers are set on a solid surface (such as cement) and may benefit from being raised up. Analyze your container gardening setup and make adjustments if needed.