This little shoot may not look like much, but it is the beginning of something big for my family. This little shoot will bear a bountiful, summer harvest of juicy, ripe tomatoes right on my back stoop. Container gardens are becoming a popular way for people to microgarden, especially in urban areas where growing space is practically non-existent. When planting a container garden several elements need to be considered, such as the size of the container, exposure to sun, and watering. For larger plants like beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes, 2 to 5-gallon containers are necessary. Plants that grow well in smaller containers (4-6 inch size) include chives, sage, thyme, parsley, leaf lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach, and onions. Sun exposure is also important Although most plants prefer full sun, some may survive and produce at least a small crop in partial shade. These include leaf lettuce, radish, spinach, and many types of herbs. Watering is also important. Container plants dry out more quickly than plants in garden plots so they must be watered on a daily basis. For more information on successful container gardening, check out your state extension office websites (such as Container Gardening » by H.C. Harrison on the University of Wisconsin Extension website) or a master gardener website.
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