Growing Vegetables in Containers

Growing vegetables in containers is an easy way to experience the flavor and freshness of home-grown vegetables.
Getting Started

Here's a little-known secret: Most vegetables actually grow really well in containers. And by picking the right plants, you can grow a fair amount of food in just a few pots!

Picking a Spot for Your Garden

Brandywine tomatoes in a garden

Most vegetables do best in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). Tomatoes, peppers, and other varieties that often get diseases usually stay healthiest in an open spot with plenty of air circulation.

If you live in a cold climate, you can give your garden a head start by placing the pots near a south-facing wall.

If you live in a warmer part of the country, be cautious about setting your containers on a cement patio, which may grow too warm for optimum growth. Put larger containers on dollies or carts; you can move them to various locations depending on the conditions at the time.

 
Continued on page 2:  Choosing Containers