If you lack the greenspace for a bountiful garden or vegetable patch, consider the alternative: container gardens! It is possible to grow many of the things that you would find in a conventional garden in your home using pots, baskets, or other containers for fresh produce all season long.
Some easy ideas for your container gardens include:
The keys to growing fresh herbs in containers are to use quality soil and to only focus on one of each plant, as each plant will produce plenty of fresh herbs when nurtured. Water regularly and place your herb containers in a spot that gets adequate light for best results, such as a sunny kitchen windowsill.
Some of the easiest and best herbs for container gardens include:
Healthy greens. A simple option for container gardeners is lettuce and microgreens. These will produce greens for salads all summer long and are quite easy to maintain on a porch, at a window, or in the home using pots and containers. Start with seeds and use a mister or spray bottle to keep the soil damp but not saturated.
Aromatic chives. If you are feeling unsure about whether you can maintain container gardens, start with something simple, like fresh chives. Chives are easy to maintain and can sit on a windowsill or sunny spot, producing a wonderfully aromatic plant that you can enjoy year-round. Carefully snip a few sprigs of chive as needed for recipes, cooking, and salads, and leave the roots to continue growing and producing.
Luscious lemons. Didn't think it was possible to grow your own fresh lemons in a container? Think again; buy a dwarf lemon tree that is a couple years old and use a pot that is large enough to contain the root-ball of your tree sufficiently. Allow for drainage with holes in the bottom of your container and enjoy fresh lemons in approximately six-to-nine months.
Create a container garden that thrives and produces a bounty of edible goodies:
- Feed your plants to ensure hardiness by giving them high-quality soil and fertilizer.
- Don't overcrowd your containers. Space the plants so that they have room to grow and so they all receive adequate sunlight.
- Even though you are using containers, often inside your home, make sure to plant seasonally using those options that are likely to thrive in your region during the time that you are planting them.
Talk to a company such as Container Creations LLC for more ideas.