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Container gardening for the urban farmer

, May 8th, 2012

The DC Truck Farm

There’s nothing quite like the sweet taste of fresh, homegrown veggies straight from the garden. But what happens if you’re an urban gardener lacking enough space for a vegetable garden? Ever consider growing them in containers?

Did you know that nearly any type of vegetable, and many fruits, can be successfully grown in pots? From lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers to beans, potatoes, and even vine crops like squash and cucumbers thrive in containers. You can grow plants in virtually anything that holds some soil and has holes in the bottom for drainage. It’s only bounded by your imagination – a chance for some really creative recycling.

Suitable drainage is always important for the successful growth and health of all plants. So as long as you provide drainage holes, just about anything under the sun can be used for growing vegetables, from large coffee cans and wooden boxes to five-gallon buckets and old washtubs, even in the bed of a pick-up truck.

Potted vegetables can produce an adequate supply of food for urban gardeners without the need for large garden plots. Potted veggies also eliminate the need for continual maintenance as well and keep unwanted critters away. So if you’re an urban gardener looking for fresh, mouth-watering vegetables straight from the garden, why not consider some of these alternative container gardening methods? It is easy, economical, versatile, and fun! Having your own container vegetable garden not only provides you with the instant gratification of having healthy food, but can even save you money in the long run!

For more information on how to create your own container gardens check out these helpful resources! And these!


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