Container vegetable garden

"Hi, I leave in Albuquerque, NM. My backyard is mostly shaded by two large mulberry trees. The shade is wonderful, but it makes it difficult to grow flowering plants. There is an area of about 8 feet by 4 feet that is not shaded by the trees. I would like to try using containers to grow herbs and vegetables in this area. Last year I was able to grow some basil, mint and tarragon. This year, I would like to grow more items. Any suggestions as to what to plant and when?"
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

"Hi,

Thanks for writing. In your area, you should be able to grow a wide variety of vegetables well if you can keep them watered adequately during the summer. Depending on what you like to eat, I'd expect you would have success this summer with:

Rosemary
Chives
Fennel
Lavender
Lemon verbena
Lemongrass
Marjoram
Oregano
Sage
Peppers
Corn
Beans
Carrots
Eggplant
Onion
Squash
Sweet potato

Plant these varieties in spring, after all danger of frost has passed and the soil has warmed enough you can comfortably walk on it in bare feet.

In early spring and late fall, you should be able to grow cool-season varieties well, including:
Lettuce
Spinach
Radish
Pea
Broccoli
Swiss chard

I hope this helps!

---Justin
Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com
Better Homes and Gardens "


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