Easy Container Gardening — Tips You Can Use All Year
Growing your own food not only saves money, it provides an every-ready source of healthy food for you and your family. As good as that sounds, a lot of people struggle as gardeners. In this growing-it-simply blog, we give you a few tips that help you grow a small garden in containers, all year long.
Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall
There are "hot loving" vegetables such as watermelons and basil. There are "cool loving" veggies such as garlic and cilantro. The first tip is to get to know what grows well in your area for all of the seasons. Some areas have short growing seasons while others, like much of California has nearly a 365-day growing season. Knowing this helps you determine what you can grow and what won't work.
Grow What You Use
When you choose seeds or seedlings, buy what you use. A good example of this is the tomato. A single tomato plant can keep your family in fresh tomatoes all summer long. When it stops producing, replace it with a fall or winter vegetable like broccoli or cauliflower. A good tip is to start your next crop early, by sprouting seeds indoors and then transplanting them outside when you remove a plant. This gives you the ability to grow more food in a shorter amount of time.
Start by making a list of all the veggies that you use. Then narrow down your list by when they grow. You can further organize your list by days-to-harvest which is the amount of time from seed planting to harvesting. A good tip is to maintain a mixture of fast growing plants and slow producers. A pepper plant usually takes between 75-120 days. Radishes are often harvest-ready in as little as a month. Lettuce is also a fast grower.
These tips help you get started with picking the plants for your container garden. By using this method, you can utilize a small space to grow food nearly year-round. To learn how to use all of these good crops, head over to the Metabolic Research Center where their mega library of healthy cooking pairs nicely with fresh homegrown food. While you are there, take some time to explore. The site is user-friendly and they offer a ton of resources for people looking to gain health and lose weight.
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