Herbs in container



Container Gardening for Herbs

by Barbara Ryan

Every time I go grocery shopping I see lush, fresh herbs for sale in the produce department. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh herbs a step away from your kitchen?

Herbs do well when they are planted outside.

You can plant a raised bed or a container herb garden. A sunny location is important. If you want to grow herbs inside, you will need a very sunny south-facing window sill.   Herbs grown outside will yield a better result.

Herbs are perennials, biennials, or annuals. You can grow them from seed or buy plants. Small herb plants are available at garden centers.

Many herb-loving gardeners find it easier to start with plants. Since many herbs are perennials, it is an investment with returns. The chives that I planted last year are growing again this year..

Plant what you plan to eat. Figure out how many containers you will need.

You can plant each herb in a separate pot. If you have a large container, group two or three plants together. A 14-inch diameter pot generally works for any herb variety. An 8-inch diameter pot is the minimum size you should use so you do not cramp the plant’s roots. Make sure your container has a nice sized hole so that surplus water can drain away. This is very important.

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Women and sack gardening




Across Africa, a New Kind of Container Garden Is Changing Women’s Lives

Growing food in sacks uses fewer resources and less labor and provides high yields too.
by Sarah McCollsarahmccolltpbp

Some people have the talent to take a simple idea and adapt it into a solution with far-reaching benefits. Take Veronica Kanyango of Zimbabwe, a grassroots organizer who works in home-based health care and hospice for people with HIV/AIDS. She’s managed to take a couple of bags full or dirt and turn them into an agrarian movement.

“You show her a sack garden, and she’s turned it into a network of women who are producing lettuce and tomatoes for the Marriott hotel,” said Regina Pritchett of theHuairou Commission, a nonprofit that works on housing and community issues for women across Africa.

Using bags of the sort you stuffed yourself in for a race on field day—which are filled with manure, soil, and gravel—sack gardening or farming has been successfully adopted in areas of Africa where agriculture faces distinctly different challenges. It’s proved an effective way to grow food in regions with drought as well as areas prone to flooding, in rural communities and in urban slums. At the Grassroots Academy coordinated by the Huairou Commission in the spring of 2014, Pritchett said, the concept exploded.

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Container gardening to suit your life and home


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Even a small garden bed can bring beauty to your living space and great bounty to your dinner table. Narrow raised beds alongside the The GreenUp Store in downtown Peterborough flourished last summer with species of squash, tomato, sunflowers and herbs. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Container gardening is one way your garden can be tailored to suit your life and home

KAREN HALLEY/Special to the Peterborough Examiner

May is here! Apple blossoms are starting to emerge, tulips are about to pop open, and many trees are showing their first sign of leaves. It’s not only the signs of spring that excite me at this time of year; it is the enjoyment of planning my garden.

I grew up planting a food garden with family, each May long weekend; it was the official start to spring at my childhood home. With a keen interest in the natural world and a love of getting my hands in the soil, I always enjoyed sowing the seeds, watching the garden grow, and eating the backyard harvest – my favourite being the juicy berries from the raspberry patch.

However, since the days of my childhood garden, I haven’t always had a backyard or the time to create and maintain a large plot. I have learned to take advantage of the time and space I’ve had to continue enjoying the benefits of growing small harvests for delicious summer meals.

My first garden was planted in the window of an inner city apartment building. I was living on my own for the first time and was trying to make my new place more like home. Instead of springing for typical houseplants, I grabbed some discarded pots from a neighbour’s recycling bin, purchased a bag of potting soil, and planted some seeds in my sunny windowsills.

That spring, I grew various edible flowers including nasturtium, pansies, and chamomile. The flowers brought colour and beauty to my living room and I was also able to enjoy them as lovely garnishes for salads and desserts while adding fresh flavors to my sandwiches.

If you’re considering your first experiment with gardening, The GreenUP Store and Resource Centre makes it easy with starter kits for growing edibles that include a mini-greenhouse, compost starter discs, and seeds – great for a windowsill garden or to get seeds started for transplanting later.

I have come a long way since my first window garden but I still opt to grow my tomatoes and peppers in pots. This is not because of space constraints, but because I am often away from my garden for short stints during the summer months and I enjoy an option that requires minimal commitment.

For this reason, container gardening is also a great option at the cottage where there may not always be someone around to tend to plants. Container gardening is extremely versatile. You can grow food on your balcony, patio, rooftop, fire escape, or boat deck.

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Direct sow vegetable gardening

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Hi! I’m Crys Stewart. I’m a garden enthusiast, organic horticulture specialist and member of the Garden Writers Association. But mostly I like to grow stuff, visit other gardens, try to get to know plants and wildlife a little better and then take photos and write about it all. I hope you enjoy these posts and let me know what you think.



Ideas for easy, direct sow vegetable gardening

Container gardening in small spaces




Try container gardening in small spaces

Many people associate growing vegetables with a large garden plot but, in reality, you can grow fresh produce without taking up all that much space. Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables in small spaces.

Location is important. In most cases, a vegetable pot garden will be placed on a patio or porch. Vegetables are sun-loving plants and, therefore, must be placed in full sun to actually produce. There are many leafy vegetables that will do OK in partial sun, so you must take sunlight into consideration as you choose plants for your containers. In general, plants need 6 or more hours of sunlight, but remember that a patio may be subject to very hot temperatures and drying wind, so it is preferable to choose a location that has some protection, if possible.

The type of container you use is an important consideration. You must use a big container. A large pot that is at least 16 to 24 inches diameter works best since it will hold moisture longer and won’t blow over in high wind. Many kinds of pots will work, and each type has advantages and disadvantages.

Once you choose your container, use a soilless potting mix to fill it. Potting mix is lightweight, but will still hold water and oxygen well. These mixes also will be free of weeds and diseases, which is very important. Some mixes contain fertilizers already mixed in.

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Vegetables in containers





Vegetable gardening in containers


This past weekend I was finally able to get into my garden to begin the much-delayed cleanup process from last year’s garden. What should have been done in the fall was time and again delayed this spring, usually due to weather or the occasional other weekend commitment.

As I was going through cleaning up and organizing various planting containers and dumping out old soil from some of them, fond memories of my days of growing vegetables in containers came to mind.

As much as I adore having a garden to plant in, sometimes the days of growing vegetables in containers have their appeal especially for time management, and for the many times when I didn’t have the space or a yard, I could dig in.

There are a lot of benefits to being able to grow vegetables in containers:

º Containers can be placed closer to your back door, making it easier to remember the plants are there and care for them.

º Container gardening can be easier to deal with soilborne diseases as you can start with fresh potting mix each year.

º If you have limited space and no ground to dig up, you can still have fresh vegetables.

º There are options for raised containers if there are physical limitations restricting one’s ability to bend over to work in a garden.

That’s just to name a few.

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Urban gardening and rooftop farming


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Learn how to build a garden or rooftop farm with Annie Novak’s book, “The Rooftop Growing Guide.” (Credit: Annie Novak)

Annie Novak, author of ‘The Rooftop Growing Guide,’ on urban gardening and rooftop farming


  • Chatting with the author of ‘The Rooftop Growing Guide’
  • Tips on how to get your own green space started

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your barren backyard or empty rooftop into a green space for fresh veggies, herbs and flowers, Annie Novak has you covered.

The co-founder of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint and manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden is also behind the new book, “The Rooftop Growing Guide” ($23, Ten Speed Press), a how-to in green roofs, container gardening, crop planning, pest management, harvesting and more.

“I remember thinking when I was asked to help start the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm that there was a book missing,” Novak says, who had to navigate legal and safety issues to implement her farming knowledge on a rooftop. “If you want to see a good idea spread, you have to teach people how to do it. My hope with this book was that everyone who has a question mark gets to a place where they have an exclamation point. They can get excited about what they want to do.”

Curious? Novak shares her tips for getting started:


Get permission first

“Permission is the first thing, and often the step that’s skipped,” Novak says. “If you’re going to invest the time and money in a space, you need to make sure it’s all right.”

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