Imagine walking out to your backyard and plucking fresh blueberries off a bush or gathering a handful of ripe, juicy strawberries to toss in a smoothie. Better yet, wouldn’t it be delightful to be able to whip up a healthy meal using basil, peppers, tomatoes and other fresh ingredients from your garden.
So what’s stopping you from having fresh produce at your fingertips? Is it limited time or lack of space? Container gardening is a viable solution to both issues. Basically, all you do is grab a few pots or some old containers, and grow your garden right on your patio.
Digging and tilling in a garden can make your back feeling like Quasimodo's. Gardening in pots and containers is a much easier solution to all the strenuous back-work. Simply put potting soil in appropriately sized pots and then plant your seeds or starter plants. Patio gardening methods are also ideal for those of you who have small backyards and prefer to preserve what little space you have for your children, grandchildren or pets to romp through.
Plant Choices Galore
The great thing about gardening in pots and containers is that the choices of fruits, veggies and herbs you can grow are endless. In many cases, you will even have enough of a harvest to share with your friends and family. Check out this list – it is by no means exhaustive:
- herbs (all kinds)
- peppers (jalapenos, banana peppers, etc.)
- summer squash
- cantaloupe (That’s right!)
There’s nothing more freeing than having your favorite fresh fruits and veggies right at your fingertips when you want or need them. As long as the patio gets plenty of sunlight, and you care for the plants properly, you should reap the spoils of your efforts all summer long.
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