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Container Gardening: Vegetables And Herbs

Updated on May 25, 2010

The popularity of Container Gardening is picking up speed with the downturn of the economy. Families are working hard to find any way they can to save a little extra money. Container Gardening is becoming so popular because it requires little space. More and more families have less and less space outside their homes for gardens. There's no stopping those living in apartments, condos, townhouses, or even homes with smaller yards from finding their own green thumb when it comes to growing their own food at home.

Container Gardening is the concept of using various size pots and planters to grow  vegetables and herbs when you don't have the space or time to work on a garden in a larger scale.

container gardening pictures
container gardening pictures

Gardening Containers For Container Gardening Vegetables and Herbs

There are many different options when choosing gardening containers to grow your container gardening vegetables and herbs in. Many people choose to use the basic plastic or terra cotta pots for their gardening containers, these are found at any home improvement or gardening store. These can be purchased in a variety of sizes but they are not the only options. So what can you grow your container gardening vegetables and herbs in?

  • Terra Cotta Pots
  • Plastic Planting Pots
  • Plastic Milk Crates
  • Untreated Wooden boxes
  • Large Buckets
  • Large Rubbermaid Totes

Whatever you choose to use, make sure that there is adequet drainage in your gardening containers. Use a handheld cordless drill to put in holes if using something like buckets or rubbermaid totes for your container garden.

container gardening pictures
container gardening pictures

Container Gardening Vegetables Seed Kit

Container Gardening Vegetables

So you've made the decision to start container gardening. But, what container gardening vegetables will you grow? Container gardening won't save you money unless you are growing vegetables and herbs that you would have purchased anyway in the store.

Vegetables

  • Peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Green Onions
  • Peppers
  • Beans
  • Radishes
  • Leaf Lettuce

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Dill

Unless you are into major cooking, you may think that growing container gardening herbs may not be for you, but they are fun and easy to grow and it is enjoyable to learn to cook using your very own container gardening herbs. If you are going to start container gardening, try a few herbs with your vegetables. If you find you aren't using them, replace with something you will later.

Sunlight, Soil, Water

It would take a few pages to go over the neccesary requirements for gardening sunlight, soil, and water needs. Different Vegetables and Herbs have different requirements when it comes to sun, soil and water. Choosing what is best for your container gardening needs will be dependent on the amount of sunlight you can give your plants and the average temp during growing months.

The soil and water is something you can maintain yourself by following the needs of the different types of plants. To help yourself keep track, it is a good rule of thumb to keep plants together that require the same amount of water. Place markers using cardstock glued to chopsticks or Popsicle sticks to remind what the needs of each plant requires. It's also a good idea to label each plant so that you will know what it is your growing in each planter box

successful aerogarden
successful aerogarden

Indoor Container Gardening

Another hot craze is indoor container gardening. It is easiest to do starting with herbs and can be fun if you can provide the right amount of sunlight or have the right kind of indoor planting system with it's own lighting.

Aerogarden is a newer indoor container gardening system that is becoming more and more popular. It allows you to grow indoors easier then ever before. Everything you need to grow an indoor herb or small vegetable garden is provided all you add is water.

Aerogarden is not a cheap indoor container gardening though if you main intent is to save money. The starting costs are quite steep. But, it's great for those that wouldn't know a green thumb if it poked them in the eye. Aerogarden herbs and vegetables come in small containers that just drop into the aerogarden. The name of the vegetable or herb and the sprouting time is listed right on the lid of the container and stays with the plant as it grows so you always know what's growing and when to expect growth.

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