Container Gardening - Vegetable Edition

By: Missy Sorg

Remember that awesome re-purposed pallet planter we showed you how to make not so long ago?  I have great news for you.  You can grow a container vegetable garden in that bad boy!  Since some plants require good root space, you should be able to plant just about anything in your pallet planter.

Since most vegetables require a good deal of sunlight, you're going to want to make sure your planter isn't stuck on a porch or balcony that doesn't get much sunlight.  If you have it set on casters, it'll be easier to move from one side of a balcony to another as necessary. If you have a yard space where you can set up shop, you may want to consider using that space as an option - again keeping mind that you'll want your veggies to get as much sunlight as possible.  Using the side of your house to guard against wind, for instance, may keep your planter in too much shade.  While having a wind shield is a good idea to avoid drying out and beating up vegetable greens, you'll want to make sure your wall is protecting them from wind while providing them with enough sunlight to survive.

Otherwise, make sure your plants have good irrigation and daily water to flourish.  Pay attention to the planting requirements and suggestions (found on the seed packets) for your specific veggies.


The Best Vegetables for Containers:
Potatoes, chard, lettuce, cherry and bush tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, Asian greens, pole beans, and herbs.

Planting Depth:
4-5 inches: chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander
6-7 inches: bush beans, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme
8-9 inches: pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary
10-12 inches: beets, broccoli, okra, potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, dill, lemongrass

Good Companions (planted in the same planter):
Beans, carrots, squash
Eggplant, beans
Tomatoes, basil, onions
Lettuce, herbs
Spinach, chard, onions

Combinations to Avoid (don't plant in the same planter):
Beans with onions and garlic
Carrots with dill or fennel
Tomatoes or squash with potatoes
Onions with beans and peas

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