Container Gardening Details

Container Gardening – Necessity or Not – A great way to grow tasty food.

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Lettuce Bowl ready to pick

FOR SOME gardeners, growing vegetables in containers is a necessity. City-dwellers make use of rooftops, balconies, alleyways, sidewalks or whatever little space they have available. Gardeners with physical disabilities find that growing vegetables in containers makes them far easier to reach and tend. Gardeners with difficult soil conditions (sand, stone, clay, permafrost) can’t really grow vegetables any other way. And others find it’s a way to avoid sharing their harvest with deer or woodchucks.

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Rainbow Chard – Beautiful and Delicious

Starting your Container Garden
Download and print this short 3 page booklet, Container Gardening 101 by Renee’s Seeds.


Types of Containers – Almost anything works.
There are many possible containers for gardening. Clay, wood, plastic, metal are some of the suitable materials. Containers for vegetable plants must:

–  be big enough to support fully grown plants
–  hold soil without spilling
–  have adequate drainage
–  never have held products that would be toxic to plants or people

Consider using barrels, cut-off milk and bleach jugs, window boxes, baskets lined with plastic (with drainage holes punched in it), even pieces of drainage pipe or cement block. If you are building a planting box out of wood, you will find redwood and cedar to be the most rot-resistant, but bear in mind that cedar trees are much more plentiful than redwoods. Wood for use around plants should never be treated with creosote or pentachlorophenol (Penta) wood preservatives. These may be toxic to plants and harmful to people as well.


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Ornamental plants make beautiful Container Gardens.

Sun or Shade?
If you don’t have full sun – at least one half day – consider planting annuals and/or perennials in your container. Annuals are plants that grow and blossom for one year and then are gone. Perennials will grow for years under required conditions giving you long lasting beautiful containers. Annuals are usually grown for their large, or abundant bright flowers with selected varieties blooming for months. Perennials tend to have a shorter bloom period but will come back year after year following a dormant period where they disappear, reemerging in the spring. Evergreen plants keep their leaves throughout the year and can be the ‘bones’ of your container. One or two annuals will brighten and change the look of your container with very little fuss or cost. Your choice of planting material will depend on many conditions such as size of container, location, availability of water, ease of growing and your personal preferences. Anything goes and there are no rules!


Free eBooks and articles to learn more about Container Gardening.

  • Gardener’s Supply
    Growing Vegetables in Pots and Planters:
    Gardener’s Supply — Tips for growing vegetables in containers — Container Gardening.
  • Growing Vegetables in Pots – Sunset
    To grow vegetables in pots, all you need is a big container, potting soil, and a spot … Here’s how to get started growing your own fresh, delicious food in garden


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