Container vegetable gardening. Not just for small spaces.

Help me.  I am being consumed by produce!

I have posted entries before about the joyous rewards of tending your own vegetable garden.   Well, I have to make a confession.   I do love the “joyous rewards” but I am really not a fan of everything in between.

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I love to harvest the produce and prepare it fresh or can it for later consumption but the whole planting, weeding, watering……not so much.  That has always been my husband’s thing.

I have an almost pathological dislike of dirt on my hands and under my fingernails.  It is right up there with dry sand on my feet.  Yuck!

This spring my husband said that he didn’t feel up to tending to a large garden.

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We have always planted a pretty substantial garden at our farm which is across the road from our home.  Potatoes,  beans, beets, carrots, red onions and giant pumpkins are just a few of the crops we have harvested.

Just when I was trying to decide if I could tackle a full garden on my own, my husband suggested we try container gardening.

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I have always associated container gardening with urban spaces or condo balconies but I think this is going to work really well for us.

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We can place them in a convenient location, elevate them to limit the need for bending down or more often, actually getting on our hands and knees. A bonus for me since my back has been giving me some grief.  They will be easier to weed, water and generally tend to than a traditional garden.

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There aren’t many vegetables you can’t grow in containers.  Grow what you love to eat. That is the best guide.

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So far we have tomatoes, peppers, salad greens and herbs planted.

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Apparently you can grow bush type green and yellow beans this way so that will be the next container planting.

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Container gardening is also a way to achieve close to organic produce since soil mixtures and seedlings can all be purchased that are certified organic.

We are a bit early planting for our climate.  We generally wouldn’t put anything in our regular garden until the May long when the risk of frost is usually gone and the temperatures are favourable for growth.

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Large hail from a sudden spring storm last May.

Containers are easily covered and should a sudden storm come up, they can even be moved into shelter so I think we will be okay.

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Keys to success are the container, soil, water and vegetable type.  This article from Canadian Living has some great tips to get you started.

So here’s my challenge.   Give it a try.  Even if it’s just one container.  Post pictures on our Facebook page throughout the growing season so we can see your progress.

I’ll do the same.  :-)

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