Living in an apartment doesn't mean you can't enjoy the flavor and freshness of home-grown vegetables. It's unbelievably exciting turning your balcony or rooftop into a small garden using that wooden crate you bought in a yard sale or the fabulous new crates available at most craft supply stores.
Container gardening has various benefits. The crates are portable; you can move them around to compensate for changes in light and temperatures, container gardening beats persistent soil-borne problems, uses less water, and you can create an amazing themed garden to suit your personal preference.
What do you need?
- A plain wooden crate
- A landscape cloth
- Potting soil
- Seeds or plants for your themed garden
The landscape cloth should be large enough to fit inside the crate since its prevent soul leaking out of the crate when you water your plants. If the process of creating this garden proves to be a tough jack, you can always hire a landscape contractor to help you create the perfect container garden.
Plants that grow well in containers
Now that you have come up with a genius way to grow your vegetables, it's important to understand the ideal container vegetables.
Carrots - are perfect for crates. You can grow different varieties such as short n sweet, little fingers or Thumbelina. You will need a deeper crate if you wish to grow longer carrots.
Lettuce – this is the best container vegetable especially if you love salads from the home garden. Lettuce doesn't mind the size of your crate, all you need is some fertile soil, water, and seeds.
Onions – green onions are known to do well in containers. With a crate that is 4 – 5 inches deep you can freely grow your onions to its bulb size.
Tomatoes – there is nothing so enjoyable that having juicy, fresh tomatoes from your garden. However, you will need the dwarf varieties that fit perfectly into crates. Popular dwarf varieties include Tiny Tim, Patio Princess, and Window Box Roma.
Cole crops – these are the easiest crops to grew on your wooden crate. This is because you ca grow them in the same container. A good example is planting cauliflower and broccoli in a single container.
Peppers – fresh peppers are a must rule for spicy food lovers. Peppers grow well in containers and come in different varieties. You can grow different varieties in the same container.
Accept the challenge and create your wooden crate themed garden today!