Deb's Big Backyard

  Deb's Big Backyard

It's cool to Grow Veggies in Containers Now

by Deb Quantock Mccarey


In March I spent a couple of weekends flieding edible gardening quesitons at two major   gardening events, the Chicago Flower and Garden Show and the Macy's Flower Show "America the Beautiful, which runs through April 3rd if you haven''t caught t it yet.

The most FAQ was regarding the fesibility of  edible container gardening in a small backyard, or on a patio or deck.

Of course, my response was a resounding yes, yes and yes, as that is mostly hat I do now..


Year after year, e, the veggetables that work well for this gardening practice require less space to grow, e.g. particularly the dward or determinate varieties that bear fruits or other harvestable parts over a longer period of time, and require more than six hours a day -- tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and eggplant ,

Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, collards, mustard greens, spinach, and parsley can tolerate more shady location or partial shade, chich means three to six hours of morning or early afternoon sunlight a day.


As an experiment, this year I amplanning to grow all cool-weather root crops -- turnips, beets, radishes, carrots, and onions -- in grow bags,  as well as my re-purposed wash basin.












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