Monday, April 11, 2011

Gardening Series: Post 4

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Gardening in Containers
Many people who live in apartment buildings or houses with little or no yard space may think they cannot plant a garden. But you can grow quite a bit of food in pots and hanging planters inside your home or on a balcony. Even if your family has plenty of outdoor garden space, you might want to try growing some of your vegetables indoors.

You can plant in almost any kind of container. Try using plastic jugs, garbage cans, milk cartons, cans, plastic bags, baskets, a wagon bed, kitchen canisters, or clay pots. The bottom of the container should have several small drain holes and be lined with 2 to 3 inches of small gravel before you put in the topsoil. Hang containers from windows, put them on windowsills or in window wells; line your sidewalk or driveway with them, or hang them from your ceiling.
The following chart shows you how much dirt you will need in a container to grow some common vegetables. This will give you an idea of what size container you need to use. It also tells you when to plant and harvest the vegetables and how big they will get. These are not the only vegetables that grow well in containers. You can try almost any kind that is common to your area.

CropContainer NeedsGrowing SeasonPlanting TimeHarvest DaysMature Size of Plant
Beets1012 inches (2530 centimeters) of soilEarly spring, fall24 weeks before last frost50601012 inches (2530 centimeters)
Bush Beans810 inches (2025 centimeters) of soilWarm weatherEarly springSnap 5055 Lima 651214 inches (3060 centimeters)
Carrots1012 inches (2530 centimeters)Early spring, fall24 weeks before last frost60751012 inches (2530 centimeters)
Cucumbers1 gallon (4 liters) per plantWarm weather34 weeks before last frost5575Shape vines by cutting back
Eggplant3 gallons (11 liters) 1214 inches (3035 centimeters) diameter of soilWarm weatherPlant indoors, transplant after 8 weeks12014023 feet (.51 meter)
Green pepper1 gallon (3.8 liters) per plantWarm weatherPlant indoors, transplant after 78 weeks11012023 feet (.51 meter)
Lettuce1 gallon (3.8 liters) per plantCool weather, can stand slight frost46 weeks before last frost4050610 inches (1525 centimeters)
Green onions810 inches (2025 centimeters) of soilCool weather, can stand slight frost46 weeks before last frost35451012 inches (2530 centimeters)
Radishes6 inches (15 centimeters) of soilCool weather, can stand slight frost24 weeks before last frost204068 inches (1520 centimeters)
Spinach810 inches (2025 centimeters) per plantCool weather, spring, fall24 weeks before last frost5070Plants spread out, do not grow tall
Squash5 gallons (19 liters) for a 34 plant hillWarm weather, will produce through fall34 weeks before last frostSummer 5060 Winter 85110Bush 23 feet (.5m1 meter) Vine-pinch off to control runners
TomatoesDwarf: 1 gallon (3.8 liters) Standard: 23 gallons (7.511 liters) Mini: 810 inches (2025 centimeters)Warm weatherPlant indoors, transplant after 34 weeks. Easily harmed by frost.5090Dwarf: 23 feet (.51 meter) Standard: 35 feet (11.5 meters) Standard vines

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