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Grow a Container Garden

Grow a Container Garden

Growing food in pretty pots is fun. Each pot takes on a life of its own and you get to know container-grown plants up close and personal. Whether you haven’t gardened in the past because of a lack of growing space or you already have a big garden, consider growing even just a bit of homegrown, fresh, delicious food in containers.

If you do have a garden, chances are you aren’t supplying all of your family’s produce—so why not increase your production and add some pretty elements to you patio or deck? Or, plant just herbs in containers near your front of back door so they’re easy to grab when you’re preparing a fresh-cooked meal.

Even if you live in an apartment and don’t have a balcony, ask your landlord or apartment manager if you can plant a few things in pots along a sidewalk or building entrance. You never know unless you ask!

Container gardening is pretty simple, but there are some growing techniques that will help your potted plants thrive. For instance, pots won’t hold in moisture as well as an in-ground garden—so, you can try self-watering containers (how-to details in the first two resources below) or make sure to water daily. You’ll also want to make sure the roots of your crops have enough room to expand. Happy growing!

For tips to help you achieve a great container garden, check out these resources:

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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12:04PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:43AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

GREAT,am going to compost...

11:37AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Great article,thanks for sharing

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2:07PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

This would be a great "try and see project.

4:48PM PDT on Mar 15, 2013


10:39AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

I love this a lot!!!!! Can't wait for the snow to go away!

6:56AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Nice ,,,,,but a lot of work with containers ,,,maybe water twice a day,feed more often..

6:15AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Yes, to container gardening. You can be as creative as you want and think of the variety of plants from ornamental plants to veggies and herbs and spices. Happy container gardening.

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