Have you always fancied your own fresh veggies, but don’t have the space or time for a traditional garden? Well, why not try growing some veggies and herbs in containers – grow alone or mix with edible flowers and herbs. There are many advantages to growing in containers including better control over soil conditions, easier or even no weeding and being able to locate your garden closer to the house.
Containers can be placed on your deck, patio or by your kitchen door. Just ensure that the location receives at least 6 hours of sun a day. Any container will work as long as it has some drainage holes in the bottom. Blue bins are great as they hold a good depth of soil but large plant pots or bowls are excellent too. First, fill your containers with good quality potting soil. We sell a container potting soil which will help slow down drying out. If you like, mix in some garden soil, compost or rotted manure as well.
Vegetables to grow from seed
Plants such as beans, peas, spinach, carrots and radish can be direct seeded into your containers. I would recommend using one container per variety as seeds will germinate at different rates and one variety can easily outgrow and take over another.
Vegetables to start as plants
Veggies that are best purchased as started plants include tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash and zucchini, kale, lettuce, swiss chard, beets, onions, broccoli and cabbage.
Try herbs too!
Herbs such as basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage do well in containers too. Ensure that you give each plant sufficient room to grow. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer – we sell a good fertilizer made from hen manure. Water and enjoy as you grow your garden!