Your First Garden: 10 Compelling Reasons to Plant a Container Garden
The Best Vegetables For A First Garden
1. Potatoes – These are the most popular vegetable for a first garden because they provide good nutrition and taste great.
They grow well in almost any soil type but prefer sandy soils. They have many uses including stuffing, pies, breads, soups and stews. Potato plants will produce potatoes year round so you don’t need to worry about them dying off before your first harvest time comes around!
2. Carrots – These are another favorite among gardeners because they’re easy to grow and require little attention.
They love bright light and warm temperatures so these veggies make excellent companions for containers. You’ll want to start with small carrots since they won’t take up much space when grown in a large pot. If you decide to go big, just remember not to over water or you may end up with mushy carrots!
3. Onions – These are another favorite among gardeners because they’re easy to grow and require little attention.
They like bright light and warm temperatures so onions make excellent companions for containers. You’ll want to start with small onions since they won’t take up much space when grown in a large pot. If you decide to go big, just remember not to over water or you may end up with mushy onions!
4. Beets – These veggies will do well in containers as long as they have something to climb on.
Beets prefer cooler temperatures so if you’re growing them in the summer make sure to keep them out of the sun! They also prefer sandy soil so if you don’t get good results in your current location, try a new one!
5. Cucumbers – These are great for beginners because they require a lot of space to grow properly.
Don’t be fooled, just because they’re vines doesn’t mean you can grow them in a small space. However, if you do have a large patio or deck then you’ll be fine! Cucumbers love the sun so make sure to put them in a place that receives full sunlight for most of the day.
6. Tomatoes – While many types of tomatoes can be grown in containers, some do better than others.
Determinate tomatoes are the best choice for container gardening because they grow to a certain height and then stop. This means that they won’t keep growing until they reach outside of your container and fall to the ground. If this happens then you’ve lost your tomato and all the work you put into it!
Tomatoes also need a lot of nutrients which can throw off the pH of your containers. Make sure to add lots of compost or other organic matter to the soil before you plant your tomatoes. Watering them with a water-soluble fertilizer once a week will also give them a nutrient boost.
7. Peppers – These veggies are very fun to grow and come in many different varieties.
They can be grown in either a small pot or a large garden bed. The most common problems associated with growing peppers are keeping them hydrated and protecting them from insects.
Peppers like to be watered often so make sure to keep an eye on the soil. If you’re growing them in a container, it might be a good idea to use a self-watering container so you don’t forget to water them.
Peppers are also favorite snacks for snails and slugs. These pests love to eat young seedlings so be sure to collect them or pick them up before they have a chance to damage your plants.
8. Strawberries – If you have some extra room in your container you can give strawberries a try.
They don’t require too much care but they do like to be watered regularly. A self-watering container makes this task very easy and you also get the benefits of the water conservation!
Strawberries are also prone to pests so keep an eye out for insects and treat accordingly.
These are just a few suggestions to get you started in container gardening. There are many other options available to you so have fun with it and choose whatever sounds the most interesting!
Sources & references used in this article:
- The savage garden, revised: Cultivating carnivorous plants (P D’amato – 2013 – books.google.com)
- Herbaceous perennial plants: A treatise on their identification, culture, and garden attributes (AM Armitage – 2008 – books.google.com)
- Tomato plant culture: in the field, greenhouse, and home garden (JB Jones Jr – 2007 – books.google.com)
- Gardens of New Spain: how Mediterranean plants and foods changed America (J Kincaid – 1999 – Macmillan)