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Vegetable Container Gardening

Sally Putan

When outdoor space is limited try growing vegetables in containers and enjoy the healthful benefits of home grown produce.

Even those who live in a small apartment can have fresh vegetables by using containers and choosing suitable plants. Vegetable gardening in containers is easy.

Choose a Site for the Container Garden

  • Most vegetables like plenty of sun. If it is difficult to find a sunny spot there are some vegetables that can tolerate just 3 to 6 hours of sun a day: endive, broccoli, cress, peas, beets, Swiss chard, spinach, kale, radish.
  • Avoid a very windy place, especially where the wind rushes through narrow corridors between buildings. Special wind cloth can be put up to help shelter a vegetable plant from the wind.
  • Have the planter in a place which can be easily reached for watering and harvesting the vegetables.

Choosing the Containers for Vegetables

  • The size of containers will depend on the vegetables that are to be grown but most vegetables need a good source of well drained soil, so bigger pots are best.
  • Look for old olive oil tins which can be rinsed out and have holes punched in the bottom for drainage. They give a nice Mediterranean feel.

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Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.