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I know many people do not feel like they have the time or space to garden, but they love the taste of fresh vegetables and herbs in the meals that they prepare at home.

Container gardening is a great way to make this possible with minimal expense, space, and time.  This type of gardening is ideal for apartment balconies, window sills, small courtyards, patios, decks, and areas with poor soil.  They provide an ideal solution for people with limited mobility, in rental housing, or those with limited time to care for a larger landscape.  Container gardening is a way to introduce children to the joy of gardening while allowing them to experience the feeling of contributing to family meals with what they harvest.

As you begin to plan and prepare to set up your container garden, there are several things to consider:

  • Containers – clay, wood, plastic, metal5850315405_5156f7292e_n
  • Containers for vegetable plants must:
    • Be big enough to support plants when they are fully grown
    • Hold soil without spilling
    • Have adequate drainage
    • Never have held products that would be toxic to plants or people
  • Sunlight – the amount of sun that your container will get may determine which crops you grow
  • Drainage – no matter what container you choose it is important to consider drainage because plants will not grow successfully in soil that is continually waterlogged
  • Soil – it should be free of disease organisms, insects and weeds
  • Watering – container gardens require more frequent watering than plants that are planted directly in the ground. Evaporation is more likely to occur due the exposed sides of the container
  • Fertilizing – it is recommended that you mix controlled-release fertilizer granules into your soil mix when planting

2826571981_b4c46fb904_nWith appropriate containers and proper handling, anything that can be grown in the ground can be grown in a container.  Texas A & M provides a great resource for those who are considering vegetable gardening.  This information will provide you with support as you begin to set up your container garden.

Did you know that gardeners eat twice as many servings of vegetables as people who do not garden?  This is an added bonus to the joys and benefits of container gardening.

Happy gardening!!!

Writer: Tammy Jones, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Pike County, jones.5640@osu.edu

Reviewer: Misty Harmon, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension, Perry County, harmon.416@osu.edu


Colorado University State Extension, http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/yard-garden/container-gardens-7-238/

Texas A & M Agrilife Extension,  http://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/EHT-062-vegetable-gardening-in-containers.pdf

University of Illinois Extension, https://extension.illinois.edu/containergardening/choosing_material.cfm

University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L3FFbKYjlI


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USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative has some great gardening tips to help you get started. Learn how you can make having a garden a fun and positive family activity.

Visit their website http://go.osu.edu/PeoplesGarden for recipes, tips and ideas for starting a garden.

• Make It A Family Affair.
Enlist your family as you select seeds and plants. It is a fun way to spend time together. You’ll be physically active as you plant, weed and harvest your garden.
• Gardening To Fit Your Space.
A good gardening space receives at least six hours of sunlight every day. Consider container gardening on your porch or balcony if you’re low on outdoor space.
• Sowing Into Good Ground.
Mulch the soil around your plants to improve your soil quality, lock in moisture, and keep out weeds.
• Map it Out.
Start small when deciding what you would like to grow. Consider foods your family enjoys and the space you have available. If you buy starter plants (ready to put in the ground) and don’t need all of them, share with a friend. For example, you may not need six zucchini plants. Go together and buy the packets and split the costs.
• Plant Your Favorites.
Your local Cooperative Extension office is a great resource for finding out which crops are specific to your local growing region. Here are some easy-growing crops for your kitchen garden:

• Lettuce
• Onions
• Radishes
• Peppers
• Tomatoes
• Collards
• Peas
• Herbs
Herb Garden

Think Spring and Start a Garden!

Source: USDA, The People’s Garden Initiative retrieved from http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/?navid=PEOPLES_GARDEN
Top Photo from USDA The People’s Garden Initiative website

Additional Gardening Resources:
Ohio State University Ohio Line http://ohioline.osu.edu/ Use the search option to find helpful information.

Container Vegetable Gardening Fact Sheet http://go.osu.edu/containergarden

Growing Cucumbers, Peppers, Squash and Tomatoes in Containers http://go.osu.edu/cucumberstomatoes

Writer: Michelle Treber, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Ohio State University Extension, Pickaway County, Heart of Ohio EERA, treber.1@osu.edu

Reviewer: Linnette Goard, Field Specialist, Food Safety, Selection and Management, Family and Consumer Sciences, Ohio State University Extension.

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