Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Container Gardening - Part 1

If you're like me and live in an apartment without a yard, we face the same problem when it comes to gardening. If you want to grow some veggies at home to help offset your grocery bill and to help conserve our food sources, what are you going to do if you don't have anywhere to plant your plants? Have no fear, you can garden in containers just as well as you can in a yard!

This article I found on the benefits of container gardening from West Virgina University. It even has a table that tells you all about which veggies are best suited for growing in your garden. It is very informative article that is really easy to read and understand. They also offer some ideas for planting arrangements of flowers as well as other useful information.

If you are more into being organic and want to bring that to your container garden, I found this article on the Gaiam Life website all about it. It has a nice organic soil recipe (1 part soil, 1part compost - better get that box started- and 1 part sand) and other tips on how to avoid using synthetic media, fertilizer, and insecticides in your container garden.

Another great article I found was this one courtesy of Texas A&M. It is another great article, although there is some overlap of information with the West Virginia article, with another good media recipe and ideas for treating some common problems that you might encounter in your container garden. Best of all, it has fun little pictures! I love the tables at the bottom of the page which tell you which types of veggies do well in containers, when you can transplant the seeds if you're germinating them yourself, and lists common problems that you might find in your container garden as well as an explanation and solutions to the problem.

Part 2: Going to the garden store to talk to them about container gardening and possibly picking out some seeds.

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