This year’s little garden is doing great so far. I am doing a lot of experimenting. I have planted several things from seed and I am really excited for the harvest.
I live in a city and have a 8’x 8′ cement back area, so we predominantly plant in containers because we don’t have any access to ground soil. I have a couple of pots on my front steps and several containers in my small back area.
We have all the basic herbs planted, some outside and some inside living on our window sills. Since we don’t have a lot of room to grow a big garden we also purchased a farm share, which I highly recommend.
There are some things that didn’t work out though. The radishes I planted from seed bolted. I was also unable to get the pepper seeds to sprout and later bought seedlings from the farm we get our CSA from. I am unsure I have enough room for them to do well, but I am trying and I won’t know unless I do!
5 Benefits of Container Gardening:
- You can literally “contain” plants that grow like weeds. Mint, for instance can take over a garden, but not if you plant it in a container. I have Lemon Balm (mint family) planted in a tire in my back area!
- You can take them with you when you move! Maybe you move around a lot for work, or maybe you are just planning a move in the next year and feel deterred from gardening because of this. Plant in containers and take them with you!
- You don’t have to worry about soil tainted with leads or other heavy metals you can control the soil/compost levels precisely.
- You can grow things in small spaces, such as apartment fire escapes or tiny 8’x8′ cement “back yards”.
- You can get really creative with the types of containers you use, I love recycling objects that I know would end up in landfills!
Gardening is good for your soul and even CNN agrees. Bring a little green into your life and start planting, I promise you will love it!