It’s June, and maybe you had big plans for a backyard garden that have failed miserably. Maybe you have a really crappy backyard with sandy, toxic soil, or you have no backyard at all, or you just don’t think you’d regularly remember to go out into a yard and water things. Regardless: You can still start a summer container garden still. With no digging, soil testing or mulch required, container gardening can be a lot simpler than growing a real deal in-the-ground garden. Container herbs and plants can thrive on any porch, windowsill, fire escape, rooftop or patio where there’s enough sunlight (and can also be moved around easily, if need be). Here are few container gardening photos and ideas to get you inspired. More
Topic: container gardens
We may be hitting the home-stretch of summer, but it’s not too late to get some herb and vegetable plants growing, indoors or out. In fact, August is a particularly good time to sow seeds for fall harvest.
According to Colleen Vanderlinden, author of Edible Gardening for the Midwest, the following plants can be started now (for fall harvest) in most climates: Arugula, beets, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, collard greens, kale, lettuce, leeks, radishes, spinach and winter squash. You can direct-sow these vegetable seeds (plant them directly in an outdoor garden), or start seeds indoors for transplanting to a garden (be it in your yard or on your fire escape, porch, rooftop—even a sunny windowsill) after they sprout. More
Yesterday I talked a little about planning your container garden, today I want to talk a little more about container gardens, and link to a couple posts that I made about container gardens over the last couple years. I wrote … More
I love having a couple well planned out container gardens every summer. I do most of my gardening right in the ground, but I love to plan out a few containers for my front and back porch steps. I usually … More
If you plan to grow your summer container gardens from seeds, now is the perfect time to start the plants, if you have room. I live in an old brick house with really wide windowsills, so this time of year, … More