Have a Small Space? Start Container Gardening!
Even in a small space you can grow your own food. Whether the available location is a step, a balcony, or a rooftop a container garden could be right for you.
Here are some things to consider:
- Container: Choose a container that has good drainage and is food safe. Avoid containers made of pressure treated wood or containers that previously stored chemicals.
- Soil: Start your container with good soil and compost and consider sand or pebbles for drainage.
- Lighting: For optimum results ensure your plants receive 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. If you have less lighting, choose plant varieties that prefer shade.
- Choose Your Plants: Select what you like to eat and what works well for your location and container. Crops such as lettuces, spinach, and many herbs can withstand shady sites. Crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants require good sunlight. Other crops to consider are green onions, beans, squash, radishes and carrots. If you need additional assistance, contact your local Agriculture Cooperative Extension office for gardening support.
- Water: Containers tend to dry out more quickly so you will want to keep track of soil moisture and water your plants when needed.
- Bonus: Containers can also grow beneficial plants for pollinators. Look for plants that are native to your region and appropriate for container growing. For planting information related to your region, check out your local Agriculture Extension Office.