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What vegetables can I grow in a container on my patio in Las Vegas,NV
Good Morning, this is Bridget Carty in Las Vegas Nevada.I live in a condo with a small patio on the second floor. I would like to grow some veggies and herbs in containers. I need to use the containers that I find in my house.What veggies should I be growing for this climate? Would like potatoes,tomatoes,carrots anything I can grow in a container email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, Well you should be able to grow all sorts of things in containers. It really depends on the size of your containers and the amount of light you have. Veggies and herbs all require at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Herbs are more heat-tolerant than veggies, but there are vegetables that can withstand a lot of heat as well: peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, bush beans to name a few. It's probably already too late to grow any cool-weather crops such as lettuce, greens, broccoli, spinach, carrots, and cabbage, but next fall/winter you could easily grow these crops in pots when the weather cools. Clearly, in your hot climate, the key will be watering. Your pots will need water every day so you might investigate the idea of installing a drip irrigation system to water your pots for you automatically. You can find these kits at most garden centers. Just remember that any root crops you try to grow: radishes, carrots, potatotes, and sweet potatoes will need deep pots to grow in. Check out our vegetable gardening section here on BHG.com and you should find plenty of information about growing crops in pots. The main goal is to plant crops that can take the heat and those that prefer cooler weather at the right time.