No place to dig a garden? You don’t need one to grow your own food.
If you are working with a small space, container gardening is a great option to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs. In fact, container gardening isn’t a new concept. More and more people are using this method and harvesting a great crop.
In addition to space saving, using containers control the plants individual environment with the soil, water and fertilizer. Let alone, container gardening is so versatile. Not getting enough or too much sun? No problem…Move that baby to a better spot!
We like to kick it up a notch and use 5 gallon buckets for most plants. Just remember- the larger the container, the better.
Now don’t get me wrong- I’d love to have cute containers that make my patio look like it’s a spread in Southern Living, but when your garden consists of more than 35 plants in a 12x12 area, we opt for the more realistic approach. Besides, nobody will care that my homemade salsa was grown in an ugly container. I promise!
There are plenty of vegetables and herbs that grow well in containers. Just by experience, here are a few we’ve had luck with.
Tomatoes (cherry or bush type work the best. Hybrids works best, heirlooms do not appear to like containers)
Purchase one 5 gallon bucket or other large container per vegetable (with the exception of corn, you can plant several in one bucket) at any home improvement store
Drill holes in the bottom for adequate drainage. This is extremely important to drill several holes throughout the bottom of the bucket. Aim for one hole for every 1.5 - 2 inches.
Fill the bottom of the bucket with 2 inches of gravel to help with drainage.
Fill the remaining with good quality potting soil or your own composte mixure. If you’d like to give them a little extra kick, you can add fertilizer into the mix as well. Use your hands to mix it all together.
Place one plant per bucket. Secure the plant by packing down the soil around the plant base.
Water thoroughly. For the first few weeks until the plants are established, you will need to water more often.
More than likely you will water them daily during the dry, hot spells. Keep an eye on the soil. You can check it by sticking your finger about two inches into the dirt to see if it’s dry. If it is, give them a drink.
There you have it! Just a few easy steps and you are on your way to your own little garden. Seriously, there’s nothing more satisfying than eating something that you have grown yourself.
Here are a few examples of container gardening.
Try it yourself! Plant a few of your favorite vegetables or herbs and let me know their progress! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions along the way.