As the cold weather settles in over the next few months, you may find yourself wishing for the busy gardening days of spring and summer. Though some fall planting may keep us occupied, things seem to go much slower during this time of year. If you feel like your hands may be too idle for the foreseeable future, you might want to try your hand at container gardening as a means of staying occupied and having fresh veggies to eat over the next few months.
Container gardening is popular amongst gardeners with limited space, such as those who live in homes with small yards or even apartments. It does not end there, however, as container gardening is something that can be done during the cooler months as well since it allows you to move your plants around inside as well as outside of your home. This mobility is the fall and winter gardener’s friend.
If you are wondering how to get your own container garden started, the ideal course of action is to start small and decide how to make the concept work for you. Designate a space in your home where plants can get adequate warmth, sunlight, and water without compromising too much of your living area or making a mess. Then pick out some containers as well as veggies to grow, such as the ones below which are container garden friendly.
- Tomatoes are excellent when it comes to container gardening as they are flexible enough to grow in ground level containers or even handing baskets. Plus having fresh, homegrown tomatoes all year long is tough to beat.
- Potatoes do need deep soil, but the right container can provide that and make container growing potatoes a reality. Just make plans to plant in a taller container in order to meet that soil need.
- Carrots also need deep soil to grow, but you can definitely grow them in a container. Stick to carrot types that have shorter roots and don’t plant them too close together and your carrots should be coming up in no time.
- Spinach works great in containers provided it has access to shade. Too much heat and sunlight is not good for spinach, which makes planting it this time of year in a mobile container just perfect.
- Radishes taste great and grow very well in containers. They are a low maintenance plant that allows you to quickly see the results in just a few weeks’ time.
- Lettuce is also container friendly but make sure to stagger your growth so you aren’t overwhelmed by a lot of lettuce all at once. Keep soil moist while growing and enjoy plenty of lovely winter salads as heads form.
- Last but not least are herbs. These are simple to grow and have a regular use in the kitchen, so why not grow some in your own kitchen? Basil, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and so many more are great for growing right there in a kitchen window.
As the cold sets in and you feel yourself going a little stir crazy, stir up some gardening containers instead and get to planting! While some people love the cold and thrive in it, others do not, and having a little container garden to stay occupied while the mercury drops can go a long way towards creating happy, purposeful winter months. Plus, you get veggies out of the deal, so there really is no way to go wrong with a winter container garden.Discuss in our forums