Container gardening with edibles is not only easy, but brings gardening to apartment dwellers, or those living in patio homes, condos or on small lots or even in community living situations. About the only limiting factor is the orientation to the sun. Vegetables, with very few exceptions, require minimum of 6 hours of full sun a day. Obviously, some will plants will perform better with the optimum 8 hours, but 6 are doable and spring and fall crops of greens can even perform well with 4.
Currently we are hand watering the containers, but plant to add drip irrigation in the next few weeks.
These gardens were planted the first week of June. We will keep you posted on the progress of each garden and the level of success we achieve. I am very excited about the prospect.
But you do not need containers of that size to grow vegetables. For a fact sheet outlining the size container that is adequate for a specific vegetable, go to the following link http://www.ext.colostate.edu/mg/gardennotes/724.html.
This publication will tell you not only the size of the container, but the recommended hours of sun a specific vegetable requires and give you some valuable cultural information. And don’t forget you can call your county extension office and speak to a Master Gardener if you need a little more help or clarification.
So do not be discouraged by what you think is an impossible gardening situation. Try one plant – your favorite – at first and add different varieties each season until you build your skill and confidence. Fresh clean food is only a container away!
If you would like additional information on container gardening, the Jefferson County Master Gardeners are presenting a symposium, "Wrapping Up the Vegetable Gardening Year" on August 4, 2012 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Topics include Season Extending, Growing Garlic, Saving Seed, How to Know When Your Veggies Are Ready to Harvest, Insects and Diseases in the Colorado Vegetable Garden, and a session on Food Preservation emphasizing safe practices for canning and freezing. A tour of the Horticulture Demonstration Garden is included as well as demonstrations in tool sharpening and care, green manuring and more. For additional information please call the Master Gardener Hotline at 303-271-6632. For registration please go to: http://fallveggardfoodpres.eventbrite.com.