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A New Way to Grow Vegetables

June 9, 2013

Many vegetable gardeners grow food for their families in the good soil of their backyards. But what if you don’t have a backyard? Or what if you don’t have that much space in your backyard? How can you keep a kitchen stocked with ripe tomatoes or fresh greens if all you’ve got is a patio, deck, or balcony?


What about a garden of containers? Gardeners, have, after all, been growing flowers, herbs, and ornamental plants that way for ages. If you can grow pansies or petunias in a pot, why not peppers, peas or bok choi? In some ways, gardening in containers is easier than gardening in the earth — the garden plots are small and simple to manage, plants are less likely to be bothered by disease or pests, and there are almost no weeds. That’s the good news.


Compared to an earth garden, though, a traditional container requires frequent watering. Because vegetables tend to be larger than plants that grow quickly, they need a lot of water and they need it all the time. The constant watering also creates another problem: All that water coursing through the container takes with it some of the soil’s water-soluble nutrients. As a result, container gardeners need to fertilize regularly.



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