The Q&A Archives: Vegetables on a patio?

Question: I live in a condo and have a small deck. I would like to have some greenery outside and ideally would like to plant some vegetables, but I'm unsure of how to get started, especially so late in the season. Do you have any advice?

Thank you so much.

Answer: I think containers of greenery on your deck will look fantastic. You're right, it's a little late in the season to plant veggies, but you may be able to grow lettuce and some kitchen herbs and still harvest before the weather cools. You might also want to add some fall color - chrysanthemums, fall asters, primroses and ornamental kale to your outdoor garden. Then next spring you'll be all ready to grow some real veggies. Tomatoes, peppers, even peas and beans will grow in containers. There are lots of other options, too. Chives and parsley are perfect for containers and you can interplant colorful annuals to get the most for your effort.

Start by purchasing containers with adequate drainage holes and filling them with potting soil. Set the pots so the plants you put in them will get the sun or shade they crave. Plant with your favorite plants and water them well. Plants in containers tend to dry out faster than the same plants growing in the garden so be sure to check your containers every few days and water as necessary to keep the soil from becoming dry.

Enjoy your new garden!

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